Canalside's North Aud Block "Pit" May 24, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

State Investing $24 Million into Region's Waterfront

North Aud Block Site, Water Access Points, and Longshed

August 14, 2018 - 1:33 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - New York State is investing $24 million into Western New York's waterfront.

Approximately $10 million from New York State will be invested into the North Aud Block site at Canalside. The site, which is currently a pit at Canalside, will become a pedestrian-oriented area with historic street patterns. It will also include underground parking. Proposal requests will begin in the fall while construction is expected to begin in 2019. 

"No master plan," Congressman Brian Higgins said. "All action. That will help transform Canalside into what it's already become: A great public destination but also a catalyst into private sector investment."

Another $10 million will be invested to create a series of water access points along the waterfront to be spearheaded by the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. 

"The Buffalo Blueway will create an enhanced water access and strategically connect to Buffalo-area cultural institutions, tourist attractions, centers of commerce, and employment," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "The Buffalo Blueway will serve the needs and desires of paddlers, anglers, and other waterfront activities that are increasingly being enjoyed by people living in Buffalo, Western New York, and beyond."

The final project is a $4 million investment 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. 

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