Governor Cuomo Announces Transformation Plans for Buffalo's Waterfront

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Today, Governor Cuomo presented his plan for the transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront.

The first component of the plan calls for the transfer of up to 400 acres of land on the Outer Harbor from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to the State, bringing the community’s goal of increasing future recreational opportunities and fostering redevelopment on Buffalo’s waterfront closer to reality.

Under the proposal, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation will buy the land from the NFTA to plan for future development and use.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will operate half of the property, turning the Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher Beach into a new state park.

A public process will also be launched to determine the future of an additional 130 acres of open land on the Outer Harbor and find ways on how the open space should be used to revive the waterfront.

Channel 7's John Borsa will have the latest tonight on Eyewitness News at 5 and 6.