Congressman Brian Higgins is using his federal muscle to pull for more investment in Buffalo's waterfront.
With the city's federal relicensing settlement with the New York Power Authority reaching the halfway point, Higgins is advocating for projects that he believes should be next on the community's waterfront development agenda.
“Buffalo had been denied access to its waterfront for decades,” said Congressman Higgins. “The NYPA settlement has given this community a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use finite resources to redefine our waterfront from old and industrial to a new, natural and active place for residents and visitors alike.”
The projects Higgins suggests include:
- The DL&W Corridor Trail ($7 million)
- Michigan Pier ($8 million)
- North Aud Block ($10 million)
- Erie Basin Marina ($5 million)
- Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park ($7 million)
- Bridge from Silo City ot the Outer Harbor ($5 million)
Higgins won a $279 million 50-year federal relicensing settlement with the New York Power Authority in 2005.
According to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, $62.8 million of the settlement has been spent, leaving $92.4 million more in NYPA settlement funds available through 2029.
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