Gov. Cuomo announces launch of Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition

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BUFFALO, N.Y .(WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of the Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competitition.

“Buffalo is one of the great urban success stories in this country, and it’s been a remarkable turnaround,” Cuomo said. “We want to continue that momentum, and the Buffalo waterfront has always been one of the great assets as the potential for growth opportunities. We have realized it through Canalside and we want to do more. So we are asking the best minds in the country – planners, designers, community groups – to give us ideas to revitalize the Skyway. The request for submissions will go out today and I think it will elicit a number of proposals, and there will be a community participation process, and then we will pick a winner.”

The winning design in the competition will be awarded $100,000, the second place winner will get $50,000 and the third place winner will get $25,000.

“Like so many who grew up in Western New York, I’ve seen the remarkable transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront which for so long seemed like an impossible achievement,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “With more visitors making their way to Canalside and the Outer Harbor, Buffalo needs to reimagine the Skyway for the future. This competition will harness new ideas for the transportation needs of today and tomorrow. I look forward to seeing bold and creative possibilities for a new vision for our waterfront.”

Anyone looking to submit their idea can do it here. The deadline is June 28.

Up to 20 respondents will be invited to provide a Part 2 submission. Winners will be announced later this summer.

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