What Is Envisioned For Buffalo's Outer Harbor

September 5, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 5, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - We've heard a lot of talk about the progress being made at Canalside, and we could soon see restaurants and shops begin to pop up.

"we'll probably look at doing an RFP for some of those other developable parcels associated with Canalside," said Sam Hoyt of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

But what about the long vacant outer harbor? 400 acres currently owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

"I see the redevelopment of the former Freezer Queen property, terminals A & B into adaptive reuse, commercial office space, residential," said Congressman Brian Higgins, D-27th District Buffalo.

Higgins says it all begins when that land is transferred from the N-F-T-A to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation which is believed to be sometime this fall.

"We're really going to aggressively build out both the inner and outer harbor," said Higgins. "It will fundamentally change Buffalo from an old industrial image to one of vibrant, exciting opportunities."

Year round excitement on the outer harbor starts this winter. The owner of Dug's Dive negotiated with the N-F-T-A to keep the restaurant open.

"We think it's going to be a great opportunity," said Tucker Curtin, owner of Dug's Dive. "We've had thousands of people interested in coming out here in the winter time and the off season and we're just trying to fulfill their needs."

Curtin is looking forward to being part of the development on the outer harbor and sees the land as a blank canvas to learn from our mistakes.

"just so many opportunities for mixed use, for recreational use, we could do some light industry out here, we could have people living out here we could have people out enjoying our waterfront year round," said Curtin