$24 million from state to boost Buffalo waterfront’s build-out

The initiatives will spur Canalside development and boost access to the Buffalo River, officials said.

Here’s what’s planned:

The state will spend $10 million to jump-start residential development at Canalside. The money will pay for work on canal-era street patterns, underground parking and other infrastructure improvements. Work on the nearly 2-acre hole in the northern portion of Canalside is expected to pave the way for private development of residences, shops and offices. Ground is expected to be broken next year, with 18 months of construction to follow.

The state will spend $4 million for a new building on the Commercial Wharf. Initially, it will house the construction of a replica of the historic 73-foot packet boat then-Gov. DeWitt Clinton boarded in Buffalo to travel to New York to mark the canal’s opening in 1825. The boat, which will be built by Buffalo Maritime Center and volunteers, will eventually be moored at the Commercial Slip, used for tours and taken out on occasion to travel along the canal.

At 13 sites, a total of $10 million will be spent providing access to the water for anglers, kayakers, boaters, bikers and pedestrians. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will spearhead the project. Access sites will be built in Red Jacket Park, at the former Buffalo Color site, Seneca Bluffs, Mungovan Park and LaSalle Park. Existing sites will be improved at Erie Basin Marina, Canalside, Wilkeson Pointe, RiverWorks, the Ohio Street Boat Launch, Union Ship Canal, Harlem Road Boat Launch and Mutual Riverfront Park.

The Buffalo News

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