Ontario County Department of Planning


Town of Manchester, NY

Key Contact

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Donald Naetzker, RLA, AICP Director of Planning

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 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) Offers a concept level design of the proposed truck access and freight rail access within Manchester Yard.

2) Confirms Utility Infrastructure that supports capacities, identifies constraints, and makes recommendations for improvements to accommodate future redevelopment efforts.

3) Includes concept-level cost estimates for the proposed access road and utility improvements to assist the County with future implementation grants. 

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