Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Buffalo yesterday to announce a plan for reshaping Buffalo’s Outer Harbor and add a new state park.
The plan includes the transfer of some 400 acres of land on the Outer Harbor from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to the state, Gannett’s WGRZ reports.
From the report:
According to the plan, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) will acquire the land from the NFTA for future development, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) will operate half of the property, including the Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher Beach, as a new state park.
Two port terminals that are included in the area, but are not listed on the title, are expected to be sold or leased as part of the deal, according to a statement released by the governor’s office following Thursday’s press conference.
The NFTA will continue to operate the boat harbor for the remainder of the 2014 boating season.
“Buffalo is a beautiful lakefront city and the community deserves a world-class waterfront,” Cuomo said. “Under this plan, we will take the first step of transforming Buffalo’s waterfront to invite new investment and businesses, and build a high-quality state park and the City’s first-ever public swimming beach to serve local residents and attract visitors alike.”