BUFFALO (WKBW) Marine Drive has been a busy place as of late. Canalside is still bustling, there is plenty of work being done at the Aud Block, crews are busy on the reconstruction of the Donovan Building, and the Webster Block is next in line.
On Thursday, the Lieutenant Governor of New York State toured the area with local officials to report back to the Governor.
"This is a big, large-scale development that is not only going to create jobs, I mentioned before 4800 construction jobs and 1000 permanent jobs, it is going to create a destination point," the Lt. Governor said.
And for many enjoying the waterfront on such a nice day, they agreed with that assessment.
"I think it's about time we took advantage of the resource," Donna Milehem said.
"It's really nice. I like the way it's been built up," Craig Bloom added.
David Kenline is a Western New York native, now living in Massachusetts, who says the new waterfront is much different than the one he grew up with.
"In the 18 years I spent in Buffalo I never came down to the waterfront, there was nothing to come down to. But now seeing the development of the waterfront, it's really something to embrace and be proud of," Kenline said.
But with all this talk of development in the millions of dollars, what about the billion that was promised to Buffalo by the Governor?
"The Governor has pledged one billion dollars. It has not been allocated or appropriated yet. I think there's a process going on locally to determine how best to spend that money. But it won't take too long in the future before that's decided upon," Duffy said.