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 released the following statement regarding NFTA Board’s acceptance of a bid at the Small Boat Harbor:
“For decades our waterfront sat dormant primarily due to the lack of funds and the lack of local control over our economic future.
The Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today voted to enter into a contract with DiPizio Construction Company, Inc., for the construction of historically aligned public canals at Canalside. This Aud Block development is providing the catalyst for private development, as is evidenced by the investment of $30 million by the Benderson Development Company at the Donovan Office Building.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission, in partnership with the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, awarded $43,700 in grants to assist organizations with canal-related education, preservation, and tourism projects.
With the 2011 construction season coming to a close, and additional big plans for next year, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined members of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) to give a status report on waterfront development along Buffalo’s Inner Harbor, Outer Harbor and River.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, the City of Buffalo and Erie County joined today to celebrate the completion of Ship Canal Commons, a 22-acre waterfront park in the City of Buffalo. The new, public green space is an amenity for the existing business park, developed as part of the successful brownfield remediation project along Union Ship Canal at Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, members of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association and leaders from Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to celebrate new public access to the waterfront adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Buffalo Sector property and historic Buffalo Lighthouse.
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“In recent months we have made significant progress transforming public infrastructure along the inner and outer harbors to make the area attractive for economic development that will support jobs in Western New York. With this agreement today we bring new life to the Donovan site which has sat vacant for years and see millions of dollars in private investment at that location as well as an additional $4 million dollars for additional waterfront progress in the surrounding area over the next 15 years.