Public Weighs in on Outer Harbor Development

Focus on three sites

Matt Moran
July 12, 2018 - 5:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation held a public meeting seeking input on Buffalo Outer Harbor Projects.

Three sites on the outer harbor include the Buffalo River Marina, Wilkenson Pointe to Bell Slip and the Terminal B building were shown to the members of the public and they were give the chance to respond with what should be developed at these sites. 

Steven Ranalli the VP of Waterfront Development says this will be the first of three public meetings they have over the course of the next year as they decide what they want to with the $90 million the ECHDC has for upcoming projects.

"We're trying to gather info from the community to see what they would envision for those spaces," Ranalli said.

Ranalli says they are very pleased with the work that has been done at Canalside over the last decade and they want to start focusing their attention on the outer harbor. Willie Shult has been in many meetings before the with the development agency on the outer harbor. He says he felt they used to not listen to the public. 

"They wanted to practically build a whole city out here and it was just ludicrous," Schult said.

Now Schult believes they are being more receptive and these meetings could lead to a compromise. Jay Burney with the Our Outer Harbor Coaltion agrees.

"They've come a long way, now there is a lot of green space incoporated into their plans and we're now really supportive of those plans," Burney said.

The Terminal B site is 15 acres and inludes a almost 100,000 square foot one story buidling. Andrew Raus is with Bergmann Assoiciates and they have been hired to figure out what can be done with it. Raus says they've seen how canalside has grown and is proud to be helping grow the outer harbor. 

"Our goal is to ulitmately to represent what the public sees is the best," Raus said.

There will be another meeting planned for november where designs for ideas will be brought to the publics attention. For anyone that missed the meeting and is looking to provide their input, go to www.outerharborbuffalo.com


 

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