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Orleans legislator wants to see canal communities develop waterfront plan

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 January 2017 at 10:07 pm
Photo by Tom Rivers: The Canal Basin in Medina is pictured in this photo from Oct. 28.

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Canal Basin in Medina is pictured in this photo from Oct. 28.

MEDINA – An Orleans County legislator wants the canal villages and towns to work together on a plan to better optimize the historic waterway.

Ken DeRoller met with Medina Village Board this week to discuss working on a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the canal communities.

Medina officials were open to teaming with the other towns and villages for a canal corridor plan in the county.

The county is currently working on a plan for about 25 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline towns of Kendall, Carlton and Yates. The state approved a $40,000 grant to help with that effort.

DeRoller would like to see the canal villages and towns also pursue a plan that would bolster activities and attractions on the canal, whether for boating, biking, kayaking, people having picnics or doing other recreational activities.

The plan could also look at residential and commercial opportunities.

The county has added a planning professional who could assist with the project. DeRoller said he would like to hear from the other canal community leaders.

“This is just planting a seed,” he said after meeting with the Medina officials. “I would like to see a coordinated effort.”

For more on Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs, click here.

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