Special to the OBSERVER
Area residents may have noticed a lot of positive changes to the Dunkirk waterfront in and around the City Pier over the last six to nine months. Many of these changes are due to the efforts of Chadwick Bay Marina Holding Inc., and its owners Jeff Gambino and Mike Pucci with the purchase of the former Stephan's Marina and Chadwick Bay Marina.
Moving forward, the co-owners say, both marinas will be combined and known as Chadwick Bay Marina (CBM). The location next to Memorial Park (Stephan's) will be known as CBM-West and the location next to and behind the Clarion Hotel will be known as CBM-East. Both Marinas combined include more than 550 slips with the capacity of 150 more, making it one of the largest marinas in the Great Lakes region.
The former Stephan's Marina and Chadwick Bay Marina will be combined and known as Chadwick Bay Marina (CBM). The location next to Memorial Park (Stephan's) will be known as CBM-West and the location next to and behind the Clarion Hotel will be known as CBM-East. Both Marinas combined include more than 550 slips with the capacity of 150 more, making it one of the largest marinas in the Great Lakes region.
"Over the last year we have been working hard to improve both," Gambino said. "At CBM-West, we have demolished buildings, cleaned up the site and completely rebuilt the main non-floating dock including new power, water and lighting, et cetera. While we have some great ideas for land development on this site in the future, we chose to first concentrate our efforts on CBM-East at this time."
The plan for CBM-East consists of three major phases.
Phase 1's plan at CBM-East is under way and includes improving the conditions and needs of the boaters and fishermen. Improvements already completed include a major cleanup of the boat yard, the demolition of the old garage and fencing, and the hauling away of many old abandoned boats.
Currently, after extensively repairing the damaged docks to include all new floats, electric and water for B, C and D Docks, they are being re-installed. A new breakwall will also be installed under "A" dock that will dramatically reduce the reflection waves in the marina basin and prevent future damage to the docks and boats.
"We plan to go through the remainder of the docks this year and repair any issues as well," Pucci said. "The plan is to upgrade the remaining docks over the next few seasons as time and funds permit."
Phase 2's plan is to install a completely new gas service and pump out facility at the Marina. This includes new pumps, tanks, and the removal of the old tanks.
Preliminary plans for Phase 3 are in place for a large indoor, outdoor bar and restaurant. This plan is still in the feasibility stages and is being researched as bids are currently being sent out.
"We hope this public facility will be the centerpiece of the Dunkirk Harbor Front. We are emulating the look and feel of the present Boardwalk with our design. We want something like a 'Joe's Crab Shack' as a concept," Gambino said. "Phase 3's plan is to tear down the existing marina store and build a new restaurant/bar at the location at the foot of the pier. The building will also include a new marina store and facilities for the boating tenants and guests that are private. We should know a lot more about this phase in the upcoming months."
"We are excited about these revitalization projects and hope that they will also springboard new development in and around the Chadwick Bay community," Pucci and Gambino concurred. "This harbor is clearly one of the best harbors on Lake Erie and one of our areas finer natural resources and tourist attractions. We look forward to being a major contributor."