The last 10 years for Tom Beaman have been tough. He owns California Rollin, a sushi restaurant at the Port of Rochester.
Beaman said his business has been hit with another hurdle. Construction has started on the Marina Project, causing Beaman and his customers a lot of concern.
"We've been getting a lot of emails about the front door being locked and no signage about the door. For the last 10 years customers have been acclimated to getting in one way. Now customers have to find another entrance in the building," said Beaman.
Construction started in November of 2013. The first phase is expected to be complete by spring of 2015. It includes a deep-draft marina that will accommodate 85 boat slips.
“The project is scary. Any time you bring construction to a place, it hurts business,” said Beaman.
The construction has already affected another restaurant at the Port of Rochester. Pier 45 will not open this summer and will not renew its lease with the city.
Beaman said California Rollin is staying put, hoping the end result will be well worth the trouble.
“The numbers are down and hopefully the community will support us through the tough times again,” continued Beaman.
The tough times could last longer than expected. The Marina Project is a month behind schedule.
"They're a little behind because of the weather, but they're hoping they'll catch up,” said Mark Gregor. Gregor oversees the Marina Project for the city.
Gregor said he understands the frustration business owners are having and the city is making attempts to address some of the problems. He said signage is the main issue.
"We've had some conversations about additional signage and the location of the signage. We've made some changes and I expect that to continue," said Gregor.
Gregor said despite speculation the city doesn't have any intentions on terminating the leases of the three remaining businesses. He said the owners of Cheeburger Cheeburger, Abbotts, and California Rollin all want to be there.
"These are businesses that have been there during the lean times and they really want to be there when the Marina project is complete and everything looks nice," said Gregor.