Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation ECHDC, a subsidiary of Empire State Development, was created to spearhead the city of Buffalo’s waterfront redevelopment effort. ECHDC’s mission is to revitalize Buffalo’s inner and outer harbor areas and restore economic growth to WNY.

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Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 9 for the Western New York region's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterpris...
05/06/2021
Governor Cuomo Announces 2021 Regional MWBE Online Opportunities Expo Series

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 9 for the Western New York region's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Online Opportunities Expo!

Governor Cuomo announced that New York State will host five events as part of the 2021 Regional Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises Online Opportunities Expo Series.

This week our Board of Directors met and approved our partnership with US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District to b...
03/25/2021
Watch now: Aerial views of Slip No. 3 at Wilkeson Pointe

This week our Board of Directors met and approved our partnership with US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District to begin the process of renewing the aquatic habitat at Slip No. 3, next to Wilkeson Pointe on the Buffalo Waterfront. This important project will restore ecosystems crucial to plant and animal life that have been lost or degraded in the region and help protect the area from future storm damage.

Check out some amazing aerial video of Slip 3 via The Buffalo News:

Slip No. 3 has been a dead zone for decades, ever since the slip was deepened to support commercial freighters. A 10-year coastal habitat project with lead agency the U.S.

On Monday, our Board of Directors affirmed the General Project Plan (GPP) for the Buffalo Outer Harbor. This affirmation...
02/10/2021

On Monday, our Board of Directors affirmed the General Project Plan (GPP) for the Buffalo Outer Harbor. This affirmation of the GPP is the culmination of six years of planning, community engagement and coordination with the City of Buffalo and other entities and outlines future improvements to the city’s Lake Erie waterfront that will build on earlier upgrades recently completed by ECHDC. This important step formally prioritizes the projects presented in the 2019 Outer Harbor Preferred Plan. Additionally, it sets forth an initial list of project components that will undergo final design in 2021, with construction starting soon thereafter.
In addition, the Board also carried several other items, including the hiring of a construction manager as well as an events and concessions manager for the Outer Harbor.
Additional details on Monday's Board meeting can be found here:
https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/echdc-affirms-outer-harbor-general-project-plan

On Monday, our Board of Directors affirmed the General Project Plan (GPP) for the Buffalo Outer Harbor. This affirmation of the GPP is the culmination of six years of planning, community engagement and coordination with the City of Buffalo and other entities and outlines future improvements to the city’s Lake Erie waterfront that will build on earlier upgrades recently completed by ECHDC. This important step formally prioritizes the projects presented in the 2019 Outer Harbor Preferred Plan. Additionally, it sets forth an initial list of project components that will undergo final design in 2021, with construction starting soon thereafter.
In addition, the Board also carried several other items, including the hiring of a construction manager as well as an events and concessions manager for the Outer Harbor.
Additional details on Monday's Board meeting can be found here:
https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/echdc-affirms-outer-harbor-general-project-plan

Yesterday our Board of Directors met and adopted the long term Outer Harbor General Project Plan (GPP). The Outer Harbor...
11/10/2020

Yesterday our Board of Directors met and adopted the long term Outer Harbor General Project Plan (GPP). The Outer Harbor GPP outlines future improvements that will be made to the city’s waterfront to build on improvements that have been recently completed by ECHDC. The development plan includes recreational facilities to improve what is currently vacant, substandard or underutilized property. This adoption of the GPP is a critical legal step that establishes the budget, scope and objectives of the project and will allow ECHDC to move the project into its construction phase. The GPP is being made available for public review and comment prior to affirming the plan, which is anticipated in early 2021. For a link to view the GPP, please visit:
https://buffalowaterfront.com/accessandactivation

Yesterday our Board of Directors met and adopted the long term Outer Harbor General Project Plan (GPP). The Outer Harbor GPP outlines future improvements that will be made to the city’s waterfront to build on improvements that have been recently completed by ECHDC. The development plan includes recreational facilities to improve what is currently vacant, substandard or underutilized property. This adoption of the GPP is a critical legal step that establishes the budget, scope and objectives of the project and will allow ECHDC to move the project into its construction phase. The GPP is being made available for public review and comment prior to affirming the plan, which is anticipated in early 2021. For a link to view the GPP, please visit:
https://buffalowaterfront.com/accessandactivation

This morning, ECHDC President Steve Ranalli joined Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Brian Higgins, and Asse...
10/15/2020

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!

On Wednesday, Chairman Gioia and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul were on hand to announce the start of timber construct...
08/07/2020
Governor Cuomo Announces Construction Milestone for Historic Carousel Project at Canalside

On Wednesday, Chairman Gioia and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul were on hand to announce the start of timber construction on the The Buffalo Heritage Carousel,Inc. project at Canalside on the Buffalo Waterfront. The project consists of a new building near the corner of Prime and Perry streets to house the near century old De Angelis Carousel. The carousel is planned to open in the summer of 2021.

Buffalo Heritage Carousel artists continue to work on the meticulous restoration of the carousel pieces while raising funds to build, operate, and maintain the carousel. Carousel sponsorships are available including for the Wurlitzer Band Organ and Adopt-A Horse/Animals.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-construction-milestone-historic-carousel-project-canalside

Governor Cuomo announced the start of timber construction on the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our North Aud Block public meeting last night! If you were unable to join us, or...
01/23/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our North Aud Block public meeting last night! If you were unable to join us, or wanted to provide further feedback, please do so on our online survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R28DQYY

10/18/2019

This afternoon our Chairman Robert Gioia, joined Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Buffalo Heritage Carousel President Laurie Hauer-LaDuca, Senator Chris Jacobs, Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan, and Brendan Mehaffy from the City of Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning to break ground on the construction of the Buffalo Heritage Carousel at Canalside on the Buffalo Waterfront.
The vintage menagerie, park-style carousel was manufactured in 1924 by Spillman Engineering in North Tonawanda for Dominick De Angelis. The carousel was in operation until the 1950s at which point it was stored by the De Angelis family until Buffalo Heritage Carousel acquired it in 2016 with the generous support of the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation with a goal of providing family-oriented recreation on Buffalo's waterfront and to celebrate Western New York's industrial heritage. Governor Cuomo awarded a $1.2 million matching grant to begin the project.

The Buffalo Heritage Carousel artists continue to work on the meticulous restoration of the carousel pieces while raising funds to build, operate, and maintain the carousel. The carousel is planned to open in the summer of 2020.

This morning our Board of Directors met and approved several items to facilitate the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project a...
09/09/2019

This morning our Board of Directors met and approved several items to facilitate the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside along the Buffalo Waterfront.
The carousel roundhouse will be constructed near the corner of Perry and Prime streets and will break ground this fall. Buffalo Heritage Carousel volunteers continue to work on the meticulous restoration of the carousel pieces while raising funds to build, operate, and maintain the carousel. The carousel is expected to open in the summer of 2020.
For more information: https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/echdc-carousel-canalside

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our North Aud Block open house yesterday! To view the project boards and take ou...
08/29/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our North Aud Block open house yesterday!
To view the project boards and take our online survey, please visit: https://buffalowaterfront.com/northaudblock
Note: the survey will close on September 19, 2019

Yesterday our Board of Directors approved three contracts that will move improvement projects forward at the Outer Harbo...
08/13/2019
ECHDC Board Approves Contracts to Move Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Projects Forward | Empire State Development

Yesterday our Board of Directors approved three contracts that will move improvement projects forward at the Outer Harbor. The contracts will provide for the architectural and engineering design for projects emphasizing recreation in three unique zones at the Buffalo Waterfront: First Buffalo River Marina; the vast acreage between Wilkeson Pointe and Bell Slip; and Terminal B. The overall goals of the Outer Harbor project include improving use and enjoyment of the Outer Harbor, enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access and minimizing adverse impacts on communities and the environment.
Read more here: https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/echdc-outer-harbor

ECHDC Board Approves Contracts to Move Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Projects Forward Architectural and engineering design services for Terminal B, First Buffalo River Marina and vacant land on the Outer Harbor will lead to projects that create recreational opportunities on Buffalo’s Waterfront August ...

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for our first North Aud Block public meeting. If you weren't able to join ...
06/25/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for our first North Aud Block public meeting. If you weren't able to join us, your voice can still be heard through our online survey, which can be found here: https://buffalowaterfront.com/northaudblock
(Note: the survey will close this Friday, June 28)

05/24/2019

This morning we "cut" the ribbon on our latest waterfront attraction: Lakeside at the Outer Harbor! This 20-acre project includes a bike park, event lawn, multi-use trail, habitat restoration areas and a food truck plaza. Be one of the first to check out this new venue this weekend- our partners at WNYMBA - Western New York Mountain Bicycling Association will be here holding demos. Mountain bike rentals are available! For more information and directions visit: https://buffalowaterfront.com/venue/lakeside-at-outer-harbor

Thank you to everyone for joining us for last night's meeting! To review the Outer Harbor Master Plan and take the onlin...
05/03/2019
CanalsideBflo | Buffalo Waterfront

Thank you to everyone for joining us for last night's meeting! To review the Outer Harbor Master Plan and take the online survey please visit: https://buffalowaterfront.com/accessandactivation

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. needs your input! The final open house for the Outer Harbor Access and Activation Project was held on Thursday May 2, 2019. ECHDC and their consultants presented the preferred Outer Harbor plan and implementation projects for the First Buffalo River Marina,…

This morning our Board of Directors met and approved a slate of measures to maintain and grow services and activities al...
03/11/2019
ECHDC Board Meets and Approves Measures to Improve Buffalo’s Waterfront | Empire State Development

This morning our Board of Directors met and approved a slate of measures to maintain and grow services and activities along Buffalo’s Waterfront and advance development projects at Canalside.

Highlights include:
Awarding a contract to T.Y. Lin International to design, bid, and manage the development of infrastructure on the North Aud Block.
Approval of the budget for the remaining three years of ECHDC’s five-year contract with Be Our Guest Ltd for the management of Canalside.
A contract extension to Queen City Bike Ferry, Inc. for operations and maintenance services related to the Queen City Bike Ferry.

More information on the 8 agenda items from this morning's meeting can be found at https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/echdc-board-meets-and-approves-measures-improve-buffalo%E2%80%99s-waterfront

ECHDC Board Meets and Approves Measures to Improve Buffalo’s Waterfront Board approves contracts to TY Lin International, Queen City Bike Ferry and Dale’s Marina Service; accepts Be Our Guest and ECHDC budgets March 11, 2019 The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Director...

"Longshed" building and packet boat project information, including building renderings, Tuesday's public meeting present...
12/20/2018
Canalside Interpretive Structures: Longshed Building | HHL Architects

"Longshed" building and packet boat project information, including building renderings, Tuesday's public meeting presentation, video and more can be found at http://hhlarchitects.com/portfolio/canalside-interpretive-structures-longshed-building/
We are excited to partner with Buffalo Maritime Center on this new addition to Canalside Buffalo!

    On December 18th, 2018, a public information meeting was held at the Buffalo History Museum where we gave a presentation on our design of the Longshed Building, which can be watched here (YouTube link to will take out of HHL’s site), and downloaded here; Canalside Longshed Public Presentatio...

You have until this Sunday, December 23, to weigh in on our Outer Harbor Buffalo access and activation project. Read abo...
12/19/2018
Access and Activation Project - Outer Harbor Buffalo

You have until this Sunday, December 23, to weigh in on our Outer Harbor Buffalo access and activation project. Read about the project and take our online survey here: https://outerharborbuffalo.com/accessandactivation/

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp needs your input! The second open house for the Outer Harbor Access and Activation Project was held on Monday November 19. ECHDC presented 3 options for First Buffalo River Marina, Wilkeson Pointe to the Bell Slip, and Terminal B. Attendees had an opportunity t...

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Outer Harbor Buffalo Open House last night! It's not too late to weigh in! I...
11/20/2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Outer Harbor Buffalo Open House last night!
It's not too late to weigh in! If you were unable to attend and would like to view the project boards and respond to our online survey, please visit https://outerharborbuffalo.com/accessandactivation/

This morning our Board of Directors designated Sinatra & Company Real Estate to undertake the development of the remaind...
08/20/2018

This morning our Board of Directors designated Sinatra & Company Real Estate to undertake the development of the remainder of the South Aud Block at Canalside Buffalo. Sinatra & Company will invest $21 million to build Heritage Point, two mixed-use buildings consisting of ground-floor retail and restaurants with office space and residential units on the upper floors. The Prime Slip and sections of the historic Canal Street and Lloyd Street will also be completed by the developer. The South Aud Block redevelopment will open by May 2020.
More information: https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/echdc-announces-sinatra-company-developer-south-aud-block

This morning Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia joined other dignitaries to celebrate the ...
07/02/2018

This morning Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia joined other dignitaries to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Canalside Buffalo! The ceremony included a recreation of the Wedding of the Waters that occurred on this date in 2008. We are so proud of how significant Canalside has become to Buffalo and WNY over the past 10 years and we are excited for what is to come!

This morning our Board of Directors approved plans to install world-famous artist Robert Indiana's work "NUMBERS ONE thr...
05/14/2018

This morning our Board of Directors approved plans to install world-famous artist Robert Indiana's work "NUMBERS ONE through ZERO" on a temporary exhibition at Outer Harbor Buffalo. The work will be installed at Wilkeson Pointe in early June and will be on loan until October 2019. The board approved this contract with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery which will facilitate the loan and exhibition of this monumental work of public art.
The Board also approved a contract with Dixon Schwabl for the development of a new website to serve as a "one stop shop" for Canalside Buffalo and Outer Harbor Buffalo. In addition to website development, Dixon Schwabl will also develop a Buffalo waterfront umbrella brand to support the individual Canalside and Outer Harbor brand identities.
More details: https://esd.ny.gov/esd-media-center/press-releases/erie-canal-harbor-development-corporation-announces-art-exhibition

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95 Perry St, Ste 500
Buffalo, NY
14203-3030

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Thank you for your interest in the redevelopment and transformation of Western New York’s waterfront! Under Governor Cuomo's leadership ECHDC’s Board of Directors and dedicated staff remains committed to restoring the greatness of Buffalo’s Waterfront. As a result, this page has been designed to help inform local residents, prospective visitors and other interested parties of the Corporation’s efforts and progress. For specific information about events and activities, please visit www.canalsidebuffalo.com and www.outerharborbuffalo.com.

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How about building a parking ramp in the big hole at canalside? Parking down there sucks!!!