UTICA — While the sale of the historic marina in North Utica is not yet a done deal, city officials are expecting it to close soon.
Ken and Grant Roser, of Roser Communications, were the successful bidders on the city-owned marina property at 16 Harbor Lock Road, which is leased to Esche’s Aqua Vino Restaurant and Banquets. Assistant Corporation Counsel Kathryn Hartnett said the deal should close within the next two weeks or so, if not sooner.
The bid was awarded in November. The city, however, still has a few outstanding items to address, Hartnett said. One such matter was sorting the building's inventory. Any city property that was replaced by Aqua Vino, for instance, will stay in the Esches' possession.
For his part, Ken Roser said he expected a done deal by December. He said he still has yet to speak with Aqua Vino's owner Rob Esche about the building's future direction.
The Utica Industrial Development Agency accepted the Rosers' $550,000 bid on the property. Ken Roser, president of Professional Media Services, has enterprises based in Canal Park on Leland Avenue, which is contiguous to Aqua Vino.
The Rosers have indicated they plan to honor the Aqua Vino lease, which will continue into 2022 with an option for an additional five years. Esche could not be immediately reached for comment.
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