For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2012
Erich Weyant (ECHDC) |email@example.com| 716.846.8258
Public Canal System will transform the waterfront, creating jobs and public access; Cultural Master Plan establishes guiding principles for the development of cultural institutions at Canalside.
The Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today votedto enter into a contract with DiPizio Construction Company, Inc., for the construction of historically aligned public canals at Canalside. This Aud Block development is providing thecatalyst for private development, as is evidenced by the investment of $30 million by theBenderson Development Company at the Donovan Office Building. The board also took actionbased on the findings of the Canalside Cultural Master Plan, issuing a Request for Proposals(RFP) for the selection of a museum operator for a childrens museum experience at Canalside.This is a historic day for Western New York, said ECHDC Chair Jordan Levy. We are done withtalking and planning and we are moving forward with construction and development, which willgenerate jobs and tax revenue for our region. I have a simple message for our community: Thisis real, the work begins now, and by this time next year, we will have radically improved thewaterfront, transforming it into a destination that honors our past, while laying the groundworkfor our place in the 21
Century."With this announcement, the future of Canalside starts today, said Sam Hoyt, Empire StateDevelopment Regional President. We are now well positioned to attract businesses that willgrow, invest and create the jobs we need to kick-start our local economy."The best destinations in the world incorporate unique, site-specific features and with thisaction Western New York embraces our history and creates an exciting destination like noneother that is sure to draw visitors and economic development to the region, said CongressmanHiggins, who noted the project will be funded with proceeds made available through the NewYork Power Authority relicensing agreement settlement. Through the continuation of ourwaterfront infrastructure investment we are creating real construction jobs today and settingthe stage for private sector investment and job creation for decades to come.
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