Latest Canalside project to be discussed tonight

Longshed and Packet Boat project will be unveiled tonight

Mike Baggerman
December 18, 2018 - 3:00 am

Packet Boat and Longshed. (Photo via Buffalo Maritime Center)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – The latest development project for Canalside is taking another step on Tuesday evening.

A public meeting for the Canalside Packet Boat and Longshed project is scheduled for tonight at the Buffalo History Museum. This project is part of a $4 million investment from New York State to create a replica of Governor Dewitt Clinton’s 1825 Packet Boat and Longshed, which will serve as a year-round programming and events center at Canalside.

“That is about a 5,000 square foot, flexible-use building, that will be built right around the central wharf opposite of the Naval Park brick building,” Steve Ranalli said. “We’ll book-end the commercial slip.”

Ranalli said the public information meeting will allow people to get informed about the project before plans for the area is submitted by the end of the year.

“We’re hoping to break ground in 2019, likely April or May,” he added.

Plans for the site are still in the early phases but Ranalli said it may include tours up and down the Erie Canal across New York State. However, its main hub will be at Canalside.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan reflected on the history of packet boats, which he said is the equivalent of a semi-truck in the 1840’s.

“This is the biggest thing that was moving freight and commerce at that time of our history and it was moving it along the Erie Canal,” Ryan said. “It’s not going to stop when we build it, it’s going to be down at Canalside for people to go on and look at.”

Learn more about the Packet Boat and Longshed Project HERE

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