RFP - West River Wall

About the Project

The City of Rochester seeks proposals for the preliminary and final design for Rochester’s West River Wall. Rochester’s West River Wall Project is composed of two segments of the west side river wall that collectively run the length of the Genesee River from the ELRR Pedestrian Bridge (Vacuum Oil) to the northern at Corn Hill Landing. It is predominantly situated in a north-south direction and runs parallel to Exchange Boulevard. The wall forms the eastern boundary of PLEX and Corn Hill neighborhoods. The length of the wall included in this project is approximately 6,400 feet, and for logistical purposes is comprised of two segments.

Both segments of the project improve flood protection, accessibility, quality of life and safety within adjacent neighborhoods. The project also enhances pedestrian connections to the Genesee Riverway Trail, which makes an important link between employment and workplace opportunities in downtown Rochester and the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital for residents of Corn Hill and the disadvantaged Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood (PLEX).

The New York State Canal Corporation owns and is responsible for maintaining the river wall. The parcel identification numbers are SBL 121.54-3-10 and SBL 135.28-2-55. The City has a variety of permits and easements to access the site at Corn Hill landing, including a permanent easement through the site to provide for public access to the river front. The City owns the property abutting the Canal property and running parallel to Exchange Boulevard.

The project will advance the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) and Vacuum Oil BOA Step 3 Implementation Strategy, builds upon preliminary planning and design funded by a previous EPF LWRP award (#C007067), and allows the City to access $4.2 million in capital funds committed towards the renovation of Segment 1 (Corn Hill to Ford Street) by the Governor’s Office and the NYS Canal Corporation.

This project is funded in part by a grant through the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

The City of Rochester has committed considerable resources to developing its waterfront in recent years. As evidenced by investment at Brooks Landing, Vacuum Oil, Corn Hill Landing, High Falls, Erie Harbor Park and the Port of Rochester, the City’s riverfront has emerged as a true focal point of the Flower City.

Within the Erie Harbor Basin, the largest of Rochester’s public riverfront investments were the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge, the reconstruction of the East River Wall, Brooks Landing, the South River Corridor Bridge, the pedestrian conversion of the ELRR Bridge, and the Ford Street Bridge.

The East River Wall Project removed obsolete flood control walls that were barriers to the river in order to bring the existing Genesee Riverway Trail to the water’s edge and add lighting, fencing, landscaping, and other features. This linear park is now popular with walkers, joggers, and bicyclists from every corner of the community. A new Erie Harbor housing development adjacent to the trail has further enhanced its popularity.

A section of the west river wall was similarly reconstructed in 2004 in conjunction with the development of Corn Hill Landing. Obsolete flood walls were removed here as well, creating a waterfront promenade that is now one of the more popular destinations in the city. However, south of Corn Hill Landing, the river wall has not been reconstructed. There, views of the river remain completely obscured by tall, crumbling flood control walls and overgrown vegetation that has gone undisturbed for many years. This forgotten link of unimproved river wall prevents the full realization of the public and private economic development potential of this picturesque setting.

The City proposes to obtain professional consulting services to guide the planning and design of the reconstruction of the west wall of the Genesee River from Corn Hill Landing south to 500 feet south of the Erie Lackawanna Bridge, as well as the river corridor itself. Work along this section of the river is divided into two separate sub-zones labeled as follows:

Segment 1 - Corn Hill Landing south the Ford Street Bridge
Segment 2 – Ford Street Bridge to 500 feet south of the ELRR Bridge

Planning and preliminary studies have been undertaken to a varying of degree within both segments.



Additional information

Submit a proposal

Submit the bound original and four (4) bound copies of your proposal and one digital copy in PDF format on CD or thumb drive, by 5 p.m. Fri. Sept. 1, 2017 to:

Thomas C. Hack, P.E., Project Manager
Bureau of Architectural & Engineering Services
City of Rochester
City Hall, 30 Church Street, Room 300B
Rochester, New York 14614
(585) 428-6852 / Email 

Note: There will be no pre-proposal project meeting.


Please direct questions or requests for clarification to Project Manager Tom Hack in writing or by email at the addresses above by 5 p.m. Mon. Aug. 21, 2017. Responses to all queries will be provided to all parties who request to be informed.