Port Chester's Marina is Receiving a Makeover

Suzanne Rothberg

The village held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the first phase of the construction

Government officials from the Village of Port Chester held an official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 1 in the marina parking lot to celebrate the first phase of the construction of the marina at the waterfront site.

The first phase, which costs around $8 million is currently getting underway.

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Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino and Board of Trustees members pose for a photo op at the Marina Groundbreaking Ceremony July 1, 2021Suzanne Rothberg

Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino formerly a long-time Board of Trustee member and Village Manager Stuart Rabin and some trustee members were all present at the groundbreaking ceremony held at the marina located near Costco. Mayor Luis Marino stated it was a 'long time in the making' and a 'dream come true' for him as the new Mayor of Port Chester.

The entire motivation for the project was part of the marina collapsed and it became an 'eyesore' to the village. Something must be done immediately.

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Construction on the Port Chester marina is getting underwaySuzanne Rothberg

"The plans for the marina project started ten years ago," Mayor Luis Marino stated in an interview. "I was a trustee on the board and it's a good thing where we are after 11 years—they're going to start working on the project as soon as possible the project will take four years." It's something beautiful with the waterfront view with the bridge you can see from the Costco store with a nice walk path we used to have all the way down there—people come and sit down and enjoy the view."

The walkway that once led to the bridge of the marina has been cut off until the construction is completed.

"The plans for the marina project started ten years ago," Mayor Luis Marino stated in an interview. "I was a trustee on the board and it's a good thing where we are after 11 years—they're going to start working on the project as soon as possible the project will take four years." It's something beautiful with the waterfront view with the bridge you can see from the Costco store with a nice walk path we used to have all the way down there—people come and sit down and enjoy the view."

He added, "It was some difficult times we went through—we went through a few mayors; like former Mayor Dennis Pilla, then we had Mayor Neil Pagano and Richard 'Fritz' Falanka. I've been on the board for 11 years and all that time I was complaining in my last board meeting when this was getting tough and now I'm the lucky guy here as the Mayor so I've dealt with this problem since I was a trustee."

Mayor Marino's ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life in Port Chester and that includes the waterfront which he considers to be the 'jewel' of the village.

"As you can see especially the other side behind the parking lot near Costco right into the water, it's how it looks and it's also not safe; there were no leaks but we've been trying to figure that out since day one with the collapse but it looks like it was poor materials used when it was a building."

Village Manager Stuart Rabin told me there are two sections of the collapse that is visible on Google Maps.

"You can see where the collapse took place on Google Maps. The first section of the collapse happened farther down and the second section of the collapse happened closer to us," Village Manager Stuart Rabin explained. There are three phases of the project one is the phase we're celebrating today—phase 2 is the collapse section and phase 3 is the streetscape section."

"We got some grant monies from the state to offset some of the cost but most of the money is coming from a loan from the village." We need to start investing the money," Rabin said.

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