BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - When it comes to Buffalo's blooming waterfront, Canalside gets most of the attention. That could change for the Outer Harbor. Last week, local, state and federal lawmakers called for the transfer of Buffalo's waterfront ownership from the NFTA to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.
The NFTA is meeting Thursday, and will discuss ownership of its shoreline property to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for $1. News 4 spoke with NFTA officials and Congressman Higgins' office Thursday, and they say the land transfer will be discussed Thursday and that it's unclear when a vote will take place.
NFTA Vice Chairman Henry Sloma endorsed the plan earlier this week. "I fully support the concept of transferring our outer harbor properties for $1, in addition to full relief of any interagency liabilities."
On May 11th, Congressman Brian Higgins said, "We want the waterfront to be in the control of an agency that has a singular focus, and exclusive vision, and that is waterfront development and exclusive access."
Officials say the land is contaminated and needs to be cleaned up. The Harbor Development Corporation would then create a sandy beach for swimming at Gallagher beach, dredge the waterway, and expand restaurant facilities, just some of the $11 million in improvements that would immediately take place.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, "Now is not the time for more studies. Now is the time for action."
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