CANALSIDE

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Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN, FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Guiding Vision
“To transform the Canalside District into an indoor/outdoor space offering an array of appealing activities integrating museum and cultural experiences, recreational activities, a public market, waterside and special events, creating a portal to all resources of the region.”

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

CULTURAL STEERING ADVISORY GROUP

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Peter B. Dow, Chair Cindy Abbott-Letro Ted Bickford Melissa Brown Kevin Cottrell Donna Fernandes Dottie Gallagher-Cohen Duncan Hay Paul Hogan Michael Kimmelberg John S. Montague Al Parker Daryl Rasuli Christopher Schoepflin Catherine Schweitzer
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

First Hand Learning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Descendent of George Coit Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Motherland Connextions Buffalo Zoo Visit Buffalo Niagara NPS, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Oshei Foundation Seneca Nation Buffalo Maritime Center Tonawanda-Seneca Nation The Collective Buffalo USA Niagara Baird Foundation

CULTURAL STEERING ADVISORY GROUP

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Background
August 10, 2010 October 2010 February 2011 February 2011 Lord Cultural Resources and Ralph Applebaum Associates hired to develop a comprehensive cultural plan Master Plan Vision Workshops Summer 2011 Programming Application Received Long-Term Facilities at Canalside Application Received

Nov ‘10 – Sept ‘11 Three, Staged Reports developed with Cultural Steering Advisory Group

October 24, 2011 Canalside Cultural Master Plan, Final Report submitted to ECHDC November 2, 2011 Cultural Steering Advisory Group recommends ECHDC accept the Final Report as complete November 13, 2011Final Report provided to ECHDC Board Members

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Review and Public Outreach
Completed background market and demographics research of WNY Reviewed existing Cultural and Arts instiution attendance figures Reviewed responses to ECHDC and City’s public request for Waterfront Ideas Conducted a 3-day Master Plan Workshop with nearly 130 attendees Developed a set of Core Planning Principals to inform decisions made regarding a Phased Approach to integrating cultural institutions at Canalside

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Phase 1 – Programs, Events and Amenities
Summer 2011 - Successfully implemented many of the Final Report’s recommendations Provided over $200,000 to nearly 40 Cultural Organizations Started the Queen City Water Ferry Attracted 400,000 visitors with over 300 events Began telling the Story of Buffalo at Canalside 2012 Assisted Programming - Cultural Steering Advisory Group currently reviewing General, Story of Buffalo and Special Programming proposals for next year

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Phase 2 – Primary Facilities at Canalside
ECHDC Requested proposals for Long-Term Facilities at Canalside Consultant Team reviewed and interviewed all respondents Recommended Projects at Canalside: Phase 2A (2015) Children’s Experience “Buffalo Fed America” theme for potential Public Market Phase 2B (2017) Story of Buffalo Center

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Phase 3 – Future Opportunities Outside Canalside
Buffalo River and/or Outer Harbor Refered many proposals to the Buffalo River and Outer Harbor Committes All Long-Term proposals were provided to the City of Buffalo BOA Consultants DL&W Terminal

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Why a Children’s Experience
Mass Market Appeal on a Year-Round Basis High Levels of Repeat Visitation Potential to Attract Commercial Opportunities Adaptable to telling Story of Buffalo themes through exhibits and indoor/outdoor programmming Implementable Capital Cost High Likelihood for Operational Sustainability Positive Impact on Regional Tourism Industry Creation of nearly 40 Permanent and 250 Construction Jobs $1.0 million annual new visitor spending $15.0 million in total Economic Benefits
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Implementation Recommendations
Children’s Experience: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select a Museum Operator for a children’s museum/experience at Canalside. Museum Operator to complete a Museum Master Plan and a Capital Campaign Feasibility Study. ECHDC shall contribute 1/3 of the cost. Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should commit $5.0 million toward the “core & shell” capital cost of the children’s museum/experience. The selected Museum Operator shall be responsible for all fundraising, design, legal, and/or administration costs, as well as all staffing and other operating costs.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Implementation Recommendations
Public Market Theme: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should use the “Buffalo Fed America” cultural components as a basis for any Public Market’s brand, thematic and design elements, and differentiation within the local and Regional food market.

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Implementation Recommendations
Story of Buffalo Center: Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Buffalo Story Center Master Plan and Capital Campaign Feasibility Study. Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should commit appropriate funding. Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should review options for establishing a 501(c)3, not-for-profit or partnering with an established not-for-profit, to manage the development of the Buffalo Story Center.

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

CULTURAL MASTER PLAN
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Requested Board Action
Authorize Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to accept the Canalside Cultural Master Plan, Final Report as complete.

All of the Implementation Recommendations listed in the Final Report will require future Board approvals before they can initiated. Therefore, staff will use the Implementation Recommendations as a guide for future RFPs, studies and/or projects.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

FINAL REPORT

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