BUFFALO, NY-- Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in town Thursday to announce the start of construction on improvements at the Outer Harbor in Buffalo.
This is the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's first construction project on the Outer Harbor.
"No longer will this section of the Outer Harbor be an underutilized stretch of waterfront property that visitors and the citizens of Buffalo cannot access," Governor Cuomo said in a released statement. "Building new development on the outer harbor will generate jobs, create more economic opportunity and give Buffalo's residents greater access to the waterfront. Projects like this are a key part of our efforts for bringing Buffalo Back and revitalizing Western New York."
The site will give people access along the entire length of the perimeter and water's edge with pedestrian paths, volleyball courts, playgrounds, wind sculptures and public docking.
The project is expected to be complete by Memorial Day 2013.
Lieutenant Governor Duffy said, "When this project is complete, the people of Buffalo will finally be able to relax at the waterfront and enjoy a view that has been hidden for far too many years. Governor Cuomo has made rebuilding Western New York a centerpiece of his economic recovery agenda, and today's announcement builds on the energy that can be felt throughout the region. The Outer Harbor is a prime location from new development and activities and will be a catalyst for many things to come in the City of Buffalo."
ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said, "Our goal is to replicate the success of Canalside by increasing opportunity at the outer harbor. Governor Cuomo continues to be a champion for Buffalo and Western New York, and a staunch advocate for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's guiding principle of providing public access to the waterfront. I am pleased to see this project get underway so that by Memorial Day 2013 the public can enjoy this waterfront asset."
Governor Cuomo's office