BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Governor Andrew Cuomo is in Buffalo Thursday, announcing big plans for a prime piece of waterfront land.
Civic leaders, elected officials and the business community packed the room at Templeton Landing for Thursday’s announcement. He was talking about how the State Parks Department is going to be taking over a lot of the outer harbor which is right now owned by the NFTA.
Cuomo explained the move Thursday, “You have a location that most cities would die for. Being on the water is everything and it has been an asset that, up until now, hasn’t been fully developed. Canalside, is finally is an investment in that way, a long time coming. The outer harbor is going to be the next step in the development.”
The plan is to transfer the title of the Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher Beach, which have been owned by the NFTA for nearly 60 years, to the state. Another 120-acre parcel to the north, where the old Pier restaurant used to be, would be sold by the NFTA to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for one dollar.
The state takeover of the more than 300-acres of Outer Harbor property is a dream come true for Congressman Brian Higgins, who has been pushing for waterfront development for more than a decade. Higgins says the state will not be charging those who wish to access the waterfront.
The NFTA still retails some commercial property along the Outer Harbor, and the agency is being pressured to turn that property around.
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