Brian has long believed in a simple formula for waterfront development: remove the barriers to public access and provide high-quality public space along the water’s edge, and economic growth and development will follow. In 2005 he led the charge to secure a $279 million hydropower relicensing settlement from the New York Power Authority, which is funding much of the work at the Inner Harbor, and fought for the creation of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, which is directing the improvements. The past several years have seen an unprecedented transformation at Canalside and the next several years promise equally stunning changes at the Outer Harbor, along Niagara Falls’ waterfront with the partial removal of the Robert Moses Parkway, and in the Tonawandas.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced continued progress on Buffalo’s waterfront with today’s action by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) board to approve a contract for construction of the East Canal.
“Today’s meeting of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Board drew thoughtful discussion about the future transportation needs in downtown Buffalo. I commend Chairman Howard Zemsky and Executive Director Kim Minkel’s announcement that the NFTA will prepare a scope of work for a feasibility study regarding the future of the DL& W site and Metro Events Station.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) stood along the Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls and laid out a detailed plan to help the City fight to reclaim its waterfront and reap the economic benefit that comes with that effort. In a document titled "The Niagara Falls Waterfront: NYPA's Responsibility for the Robert Moses Parkway," Higgins outlines New York Power Authority's (NYPA) involvement historically and argues that it is the Authority's duty to make things right.
Congressman Brian Higgins called Monday’s announcement of a proposal for Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) assume control of waterfront property owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) a turning point for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The City of Buffalo and ECHDC, each previously expressed interest and today are moving forward with a plan that would have ECHDC acquire the property with the City of Buffalo playing a role in its future.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) and the City of Buffalo today submitted a joint proposal in response to the request for proposals issued by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) for its 384 acres of waterfront land holdings on Buffalo’s outer harbor. The joint proposal was filed by the 4 p.m. December 17, 2012 deadline.
Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the transfer of the Outer Harbor Property currently owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to come at a cost not to exceed $2.
“Today’s action by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) continues momentum to create a riverfront parkway at Ohio Street. Considerable progress is already visible along Canalside, the Outer Harbor and the Buffalo River and more work is underway currently. Ohio Street provides the infrastructure needed to connect the public spaces we’ve created along our waterfront, link existing neighborhoods to the water’s edge and support new economic development opportunities moving forward. It also can serve as one of several transportation alternatives to the Skyway.
Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie Canal Harbor Development (ECHDC) President Tom Dee marked the start of construction on a demonstration project which could lead to sand beaches along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.
Congressman Brian Higgins is asking the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to put the brakes on long-term maintenance of the Buffalo Skyway while alternatives are reviewed. Specifically, Higgins is requesting the DOT refrain from including expensive Skyway rehab on the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) projects list.
Congressman Brian Higgins applauded today’s action by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) to construct sand beaches at Gallagher Beach and the Outer Harbor Parcel that was once the home of the NYPA Ice Boom.