More Development on Buffalo's Waterfront Planned

April 11, 2012 Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 11, 2012 Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- A portion of Buffalo's Waterfront will soon be transformed to allow more public access along the Outer Harbor. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation approved a measure to begin remediation on a 21 acre parcel on Fuhrmann Boulevard, next to Times Beach Nature Preserve. This site has been off limits to the public for years, but the ECHDC would like to change that and transform the property into a people-friendly area.

"We're going to create a road around it so people can walk, bike, job, and create some green space," said ECHDC President Thomas Dee. "It's a real opportunity for people to go to and have a beautiful vista, so we're excited."

The public will now get a change to weigh-in on a final design for the project which is expected to cost $3.8 million.

ECHDC's Board of Directors also approved an agreement with Buffalo Place to provide operation, maintenance, and programming/special event services at Canalside. This year, Thursday at the Square will be replace by Thursday at the Harbor. 12 acts are scheduled this summer, along with 6 other performers for the Rock the Harbor Series.