Outer Harbor plan, improvements unveiled

Residents and visitors to Buffalo’s waterfront will continue to see enhancements to the city’s Outer Harbor the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation announced Monday.

a large lawn in front of a body of water: Outer Harbor rendering

Outer Harbor rendering

The General Project Plan work (GPP) will be done in phases, over a 20-year period or as funding becomes available.

The $45 million Phase One could begin as soon as next year and include the creation of new and enhanced open spaces, increased land and water access, additional comfort stations and other recreational amenities. Phase One also includes an aquatic habitat to be created in Slip #3, rehabilitation of Terminal B and upgrades at Bell Slip and Wilkeson Pointe.

a river running through a city: Outer Harbor renderings

Outer Harbor renderings

When all of the planned phases are complete, the GPP cost will total $150 million. 

“This tremendous step forward for the Outer Harbor lays out our plans for this unique piece of land and how we will accomplish them,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “The Outer Harbor has so much potential and ECHDC is excited to adopt its GPP and advance the creation of recreational opportunities and access on our waterfront.”

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