Waterfront Revitalization Project Could Be Approved Soon

Master plan for city's waterfront to be voted on in July

Mike Baggerman
June 13, 2018 - 3:00 am

Outer Harbor State Park on June 12, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Buffalo’s waterfront may receive a face lift as part of a major revitalization project that will be voted on next month by the Buffalo Common Council.

The project is detailed in a 1,000-plus page printout that will cover several key areas along the waterfront including the full reach of Scajaquada Creek and Hoyt Lake plus the Buffalo River, Cazenovia Creek, and South Park Lake within the City of Buffalo. It will also cover the entire Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway along Niagara Street, the five waterfront Olmsted Parks locations, and the Canalside and Cobblestone areas.

Among the goals of the project is to protect the state’s coastal economic, social, and environmental interest. The project will make efforts to keep the waterfront clean, promote water-based business, encourage boating, and build waterfront attractions. It also plans to protect the coastline and even rebuild the food web because of the importance of fish to the region.

“Efforts have been made since the early 80’s to create a local waterfront revitalization program,” Buffalo Common Councilman David Rivera said during Tuesday’s meeting.

“The City of Buffalo has a vast waterfront including the Buffalo River, Niagara River, Cazenovia Creek, Scajaquada Creek, and Lake Erie,” Councilman Chris Scanlon said.

Scanlon said it’s essentially a master plan for city’s waterfront.

“It’s how we’re going to most beneficially use the water to our advantage and how we’re going to develop, whether it’s buildings or other things along the waterfront” Scanlon added. “Not just buildings itself but the land there as well.”  

Scanlon said he’s excited to finalize the project and get it started because of the revitalization already at areas like the Outer Harbor State Park, Buffalo Riverworks, and the Tifft Nature Preserve.

One of the several areas that is a focus of the project is along Niagara Street near Rich Products. The project said one of the goals along that section is to create an environment that strengthens an anchor company like Rich Products and provide opportunities for newer businesses with mixed-use development, restaurants and entertainment venues, unique structures, and the addition of businesses like a car share hub, fitness center, daycare, pet care, and banking.

We were unable to get in contact with Brendan R. Mehaffy from the City's Office of Strategic Planning for this story.

Next Tuesday there will be a legislation committee meeting at 2 p.m. about the revitalization project.

View the entire project HERE

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