This morning, ECHDC President Steve Ranalli joined Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Brian Higgins, and Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan to cut the ribbon on our new “Longshed” building at Canalside’s Central Wharf. The two-story, wood structure reflects the site's history by incorporating elements from the Joy and Webster Storehouse located there in the early 1800s. The approximately 4,400-square-foot building includes a small mezzanine level; public bathrooms; roll-up entry doors; and an exterior porch that overlooks the Canalside lawn.
The wood-frame building will initially be used by staff and volunteers from the Buffalo Maritime Center to construct a replica of the 1825 Seneca Chief packet boat, which transported Governor DeWitt Clinton from Buffalo to New York City to mark the official opening of the Erie Canal. The packet boat project is expected to take about three years to complete. During that time, the public will be able to watch the boat being built and even volunteer to join the construction crew!