Ontario County Department of Planning


Town of Manchester, NY

Key Contact

Tom Lucey
Tom Lucey, P.E. Director of Land Development

Project Story

Manchester Yard is located in the Town of Manchester, Ontario County, and was formerly a bustling railyard operated as part of the Finger Lakes Railway.  With connections to the CSX mainline, the county commissioned a study to identify new rail-enabled economic development opportunities in the corridor.

The Ontario County Freight Corridor Development Plan, prepared by Fisher Associates and adopted in 2018, examined opportunities for new rail-oriented, freight-related businesses along the rail corridor within the Town of Manchester, Villages of Manchester, Shortsville, and Clifton Springs, and a small adjoining area in the Town of Farmington. It included, among other elements, a rail corridor suitability and opportunity analysis, conceptual corridor alternatives, and implementation strategies.

The Manchester Yard Redevelopment Plan which is being undertaken by Fisher Associates is an implementation-focused project designed to establish truck and rail connections to major transportation routes and spur rail-enabled development.

The immediate focus of this study is threefold:

1) To prepare a concept level design of the proposed truck access road and freight rail access within Manchester Yard

2) Conduct a Utility Infrastructure Analysis to determine utility capacities, identify constraints, and make recommendations for improvements to utility infrastructure to accommodate future redevelopment efforts

3) Prepare concept-level cost estimates for the proposed access road and utility improvements to assist the County with future implementation grants among other benefits, moving the study from concept to reality. 

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