Galesi eyes dock to attract larger boats at Mohawk Harbor

SCHENECTADY — The Galesi Group is seeking state funding to build a dock that will accommodate tour boats at the Mohawk Harbor site.

The city applied on Galesi’s behalf for $1.5 million in state funding as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council awards, which are typically held at the end of the year.

David Buicko, CEO of Galesi, said the harbor on site cannot fit boats more than 40 or 50 feet and that adding a 1,000-foot dock on the side of the harbor would attract larger boats and in turn more people.

 “There are a lot of tour boats that go up and down the river, which I was surprised at,” he said. We thought about it a while ago, but it just wasn’t in the budget. I think tapping into that market is a good idea.”

Buicko said he would not move forward with building the dock if Galesi is not approved for funding by the state.

The Rotterdam developer is working to transform the old Alco site off Erie Boulevard with apartments, townhouses, office and retail, two hotels and the Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor.

The site’s main feature is the manmade harbor, which will have between 50 and 60 boat slips by next year.

The dock, which would be about 1,000 feet long, would be a floating structure parallel to the shore by the entrance to the harbor and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s small nuclear reactor, also known as the L. David Walthousen Laboratory.

Buicko said there are cruise ships that pass by the site and that he is hoping the dock would lure in the passengers to gamble, eat and sleep.

Viccaro, Haley. “Galesi Eyes Dock to Attract Larger Boats at Mohawk Harbor.”The Daily Gazette. N.p., Web. 07 July 2016.

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