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Buffalo Heritage Carousel project at Canalside moves forward, ECHDC approves purchase of property

Posted: 1:04 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 14:52:34-04
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Heritage Carousel project took another big step in becoming a reality at Canalside.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) approved the purchase of property along the Central Wharf in Buffalo. Crews will construct a building near the corner of Perry and Prime Street, between Clinton's Dish concession stand and the sand box. The De Angelis Carousel will be located inside the building.

“The carousel will be a colorful new attraction that will help history come to life at Canalside,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “This project is part of Governor Cuomo’s overall vision for activating Buffalo’s waterfront and will complement the recently opened Explore & More Children’s Museum.”

The De Angelis Carousel was built in 1924 by Spillman Engineering in North Tonawanda. The almost century-old carousel operated until the 1950s. The Buffalo Heritage Carousel found and purchased the iconic ride.

The ECHDC will purchase the land for one dollar. Crews hope to have the building constructed and the De Angelis Carousel running by the summer of 2020.