Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s Vision is to Revitalize WNY’s Waterfront

“Buffalo’s greatest natural resource is its water.”
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Summer of Success

Over 300 events and 400,000 visitors during the summer of 2011

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Activating the waterfront

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Guiding Principles
Accessibility
• Public Access • Things To Do/Public Use • No/Low Cost Opportunity

Diverse Use
• Neighborhood • Mixed Use • Cultural/Story of Buffalo

Design
• Urban • Green & Sustainable • 4 Seasons

Financial Payback
• Economic Growth • Increase Tax Revenue • Local Business Opportunity/Jobs
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Canalside: Multi-Modal Connections

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Buffalo’s Waterfront

Buffalo River/Ohio Street CANALSIDE

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Canalside

CANALSIDE

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Canalside: Project Components

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The Aud Block

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Aud Block Rendering

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Aud Block Parcels

Aud Block North

Aud Block South

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Aud Block Parcels

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Four Season Destination

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Ice Skating

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Winter Festivals

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East of Main

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East of Main: Donovan Building

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Central Wharf

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Canalside Accomplishments

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Skyway Lighting Project

Current Demonstration

Future Vision

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Buffalo River/Ohio Street Corridor
ECHDC’s plans include:

2012 programming and events (45 proposals)

Reinforce the physical connection between Canalside and the Outer Harbor
Public art project involving lighting of grain elevators and bridges

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Buffalo River/Ohio Street Corridor: Grain Elevator Lighting

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Image Mill, Quebec City

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Buffalo River/Ohio Street Corridor: Grain Elevator Lighting

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Buffalo River/Ohio Street Corridor:
Providing connection from Canalside to the Outer Harbor

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Outer Harbor
ECHDC’s Efforts to date:

Light House renovation, $170K grant – masonry repairs and stonework, with public access Sand study at Gallagher Beach A/E work on Parcel OH (creation of shovel ready site)

Residential Neighborhood Study

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Outer Harbor: Parcel OH
1st effort on Outer Harbor
• Soil remediation, shoreline stabilization New public access “Natural” playground, sculptures

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Creation of a shovel-ready parcel

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Outer Harbor

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Residential Neighborhood

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Residential Neighborhood

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Residential Neighborhood

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Moving Forward

Over 425 events, over 500,000 visitors during the summer of 2012

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Summer of 2012 “Things To Do”
Highlights:
Over 425 events and activities Programming 7 days a week Include activities for families, health, concerts and major festivals 100 local community organizations
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Recent Construction Projects: The Tipping Point

1) Extension of the Central Wharf Public Access (completed)
2) Public Canal System on the Aud Block

3) Donovan Office Building
4) Clinton’s Dish / Liberty Hound Restaurant (completed)

5) Floating Docks
6) Greening of E2 – E7 Parcels (completed) 7) Parcel OH
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8 Pending Construction Projects ( next 3-12 months)
8) Ohio Street Corridor (COB) Q4 2012

9) Central Wharf Permanent Extension

Q3 2012

10) East Canal System at Donovan Block

Q3 2012

11) South of Historically Aligned Canals (Aud Block)

Q3 2012

12) Grain Elevator Lighting

Ongoing

13) Skyway Lighting

Ongoing

14) Webster Block (COB) 15) Cars on Lower Main Street (COB)
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Q1 2013 Q4 2012

Upcoming Projects – Studies/Planning/Preliminary Design
16) Beach Enhancement at OH 17) North Aud Block / Liner Buildings ( 580’) 18) North Aud Block / Parking (580’) 19) North Aud Block / Public Market / Exchange Building (590’) 20) North Aud Block / Children’s Museum (590’) 21) North Aud Block / Private Development (590’) 22) North Aud Block / Cobblestone Streets ( 590’) Ongoing

Q4 2012

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Q4 2012

Ongoing

Q4 2012

Q4 2012

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Upcoming Projects – Studies/Planning / Preliminary Design

23) Outer Harbor Land Acquisition/Development

Q3 2012

24) Central Wharf Land Acquisition/Development (E2-E7) 25) Buffalo Harbor Bridge

Q3 2012

Ongoing

26) Public Art Installation Project

Q2 2013

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Programming, Operations and Maintenance
1) 2012 Canalside Programming 2) Buffalo River Programming 3) Outer Harbor Programming (425) (140) (TBD) Ongoing Ongoing Q2 2012 Ongoing

1) Canalside Operations & Mgmt/Buffalo Place Management

2) Parcel OH Operations & Mgmt
3) Public Canals Operations & Mgmt

Q4 2012
Q4 2012

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Financial Payback

ECHDC’s efforts have spurred the first private investment in Buffalo’s waterfront in over 50 years

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$100 - $150 Million & Counting

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Private Economic Investment
The Donovan Building [$30 million]:

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Benderson Development is renovating the former state office building Phillips Lytle has agreed to locate their headquarters on the top four floors Marriott Hotels Future retail/restaurant

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Private Economic Investment
The Webster Block [$70 - $100 million]:
• • • • City of Buffalo has issued an RFP Further private investment Mixed use development Canalside EIS/Design Guidelines

Local & Small Business Investment [$ unlimited]:
• • • • • • • • • • • Queen City Ferry Company Clinton’s Dish Liberty Hound Spirit of Buffalo BFLO Harbor Kayak Ohio Street Business Association Buffalo Sabres Phillips Lytle LLP Marriott Hotels National Grid Buffalo Place Inc.

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Easy ways to contact ECHDC
ECHDC is on Our website

Facebook/echdc
Become a “Friend” of Canalside to receive updates on progress and details on public events.

www.eriecanalharbor.com
Contact Laura Magee: lmagee@esd.ny.gov for questions about Canalside, to schedule ECHDC for presentations, and inquiries regarding business opportunities.

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