The developer of the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort said boat slips are needed for condo owners

CANANDAIGUA — With renewed construction on the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort comes a renewed request — the installation of boat slips to serve residents of the condominium portion of the project.

Canandaigua City Council’s planned unit development committee is scheduled to consider the request at its meeting Thursday night.

Developer Robert Murphy is asking for permission to extend the Canandaigua Lady dock and create 32 slips that would be owned and maintained by the condominium association.

Two years ago a City Council committee denied a similar request, which developers said then could “kill the project.”

But Murphy said Tuesday that seven of 10 people who have expressed an interest in the condos — which would go for an average of $700,000 — also want a dock.

“It will hamper sales tremendously if we don’t get them,” Murphy said.

Work on the five-story, 109-room Hilton Tapestry brand hotel and 44-condo project resumed earlier in the year, after construction had stalled in summer 2015. The plan for the resort also calls for the construction of a restaurant, meeting and conference facilities, spa and 293-space parking ramp.

Regardless of City Council’s decision, construction will continue, Murphy said. The hope is to be complete sometime next year.

“They’re hustling,” Murphy said of work crews.

The condos — a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units with one or two bathrooms, a great room, and kitchen — will be marketed as primary residences, retirement residences and vacation homes.

The city did explore leasing its “minimally used” public dock, which would also be a way for the city to get non property tax revenue, City Manager John Goodwin said.

Besides requiring City Council approval, the state also would have had to give the OK, which local legislators did not support, Goodwin said.

Murphy’s dock request, if it is approved, would require the city to sell dockage rights it has under the Canandaigua Lake Uniform Docking and Mooring Standards to the developer for the full market value, Goodwin said, adding this also would require state approval.

Like many other requests, Murphy’s was added to the appropriate committee agenda, Goodwin said.

“We take it to a committee and review it,” Goodwin said.