ECHDC Receives Recommendation on Donovan Site

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 2:33 PM EDT

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ECHDC Receives Recommendation on Donovan Site

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 2:33 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation on Tuesday received a recommendation from the selection committee that reviewed the proposals that were submitted for the re-use of the former Donovan State Office Building.

The panel recommended a proposal submitted by Benderson Development, LLC for a mixed-use development that would include ground level retail and restaurant space and the headquarters of Buffalo based law firm Phillips Lytle on the top four floors.

In other business, the board considered a request to provide $1,990,245 towards work on the Buffalo Harbor Bridge and viewed a presentation from Louis Grachos, director of the Albright Knox and member of the Art Advisory Committee regarding an invitation to internationally and critically acclaimed artists to submit qualifications for an art commission at the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator.

“I am pleased to see a plan come forth that is so good for Buffalo,” said ECHDC Chairman Jordan Levy. “When complete, this development will activate Canalside twelve months a year. It reuses a structurally sound building in a compelling way, and most importantly, keeps hundreds of quality jobs in downtown Buffalo. This summer our community realized the potential of our waterfront for summertime recreation. This plan lays the groundwork for our waterfront as a four season destination.”

“In recent months we have made significant progress transforming public infrastructure along the inner and outer harbors to make the area attractive for economic development that will support jobs in Western New York,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. With this agreement we bring new life to the Donovan site which has sat vacant for years and see millions of dollars in private investment at that location as well as an additional $4 million dollars for additional waterfront progress in the surrounding area over the next 15 years.”