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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has approved three contracts for next phases of ongoing projects along Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

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The Tall Ships Challenge continued Friday at Canalside and the Outer Harbor. Despite the heat, thousands of people are expected to participate in the Basil Port of Call: Buffalo festival.

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"The Buffalo waterfront will be the place to be this Fourth of July," proclaimed Mayor Byron Brown on Wednesday.

The huge attraction this holiday is the Tall Ships.

"It's important for Buffalo. We expect not only large crowds, but a $6-8 million local economic impact, which will solidify jobs on the waterfront and the hospitality and tourism industry and help put Buffalo even more on the national map in terms of a destination," said local Tall Ships organizer Mike Vogel.

Here are some things you need to know before you and an estimated 150,000 others go.

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To keep waters navigable, they have to be dredged to allow the removal of vast volumes of wet sludge so ships can get through. Experts from around the Great Lakes are in town to see what this area does with dredged materials.

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Perhaps a year from now, there will be construction on Buffalo's Outer Harbor with a new $125 million plan for the long-quiescent hundreds of acres.

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Two of downtown Buffalo’s biggest attractions will now be bridged together under a single brand.

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The Outer Harbor Coalition has submitted a Local Landmark Nomination for the now-vacant Terminal A building on Fuhrmann Boulevard. The former Ford Motor Co. plant, constructed in 1930-1931, was designed by notable architect Albert Kahn, who built many of America's industrial spaces. The nomination goes before the Buffalo Preservation Board for a vote Thursday afternoon. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Annie Schentag about the significance of Terminal A. She is a Preservation Specialist with kta preservation specialists, which wrote the nomination.

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When you see the giant steel lake freighters that frequent the Buffalo waterfront, it can be hard to remember the Queen City and Great Lakes region were created by wooden boats perhaps a tenth the size of the lake ships. A replica Erie Canal boat is being built at Canalside.

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Improvements on the Buffalo waterfront are moving out into open water, to the breakwalls that protect the harbor.

Fifty years after his LOVE painting made Robert Indiana a sensation, the artist has died at the age of 89.

Indiana's two-row rendering of the word, with its tilted "O," became one of the most recognizable works of modern art in the world. The famous design emerged from deep influences in Indiana's life, from his early exposure to religion to his father's career.

Architect of waterfront's rebirth retiring

May 16, 2018
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The man who has led the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront is calling it a career. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has announced its president, Tom Dee, will retire June 29.

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The two companions of the Lancaster teacher who died over the weekend in a boating accident were both off-duty Lancaster police officers.

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Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for solid plans for more than $90 million in funding that is headed for Buffalo’s waterfront, and he has ideas on what to do with it.


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More construction and planning are coming to Buffalo's Outer Harbor, as decisions continue on what to do with the vast swath of land along Lake Erie.

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Think "Blueway." It is a word you are going to hear a lot in the next year or two, as Buffalo Billion II helps fund a water highway between South Buffalo Charter School and Broderick Park: the historic and industrial Buffalo waterfront.

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Some $5 million is expected to start flowing around Memorial Day into a major expansion of activities on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. However, the major discussion in two meetings Tuesday revolved around a plan for mountain biking trails.

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Buffalo officially has a state park, with Wednesday's ribbon cutting for Buffalo Harbor State Park, a multi-million-dollar rebuilding of the decrepit relics of the city's industrial past into a major recreation area.

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Opponents have won the latest round in a year-long battle to stop a proposed 23-story apartment complex on Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

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There’s a new way to experience the sights and sound of Buffalo – on a big red double-decker bus that was imported from England.

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Buffalo is getting more water service to the Outer Harbor, making certain there is enough water for any future development.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

On Tuesday, organizers of the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival confirmed they are moving the annual summer event to Buffalo's Outer Harbor this summer. Business owners on Hertel Avenue near Colvin Avenue reflected on no longer being the neighborhood where the festival was home for nearly three decades.


Another hurdle to the construction of Queen City Landing was cleared Tuesday. The city Planning Board approved a modification to the controversial plan that will move the high-rise residential tower on Buffalo's Outer Harbor another 25 feet away from the shoreline.


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Despite a State Supreme Court judge’s ruling, advocates opposing the 23-story tower planned for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor say they’ll continue their fight.

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Critics are assailing Judge Donna Siwek's decision that apparently will allow for the construction of a 23-story apartment complex along the Outer Harbor.

Judge rules Queen City Landing project can proceed on Outer Harbor

Sep 14, 2016
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State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek ruled late Wednesday afternoon that plans to construct a 23-story apartment building on Buffalo's Outer Harbor may proceed.

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New and expanded offerings and lots of dry hot weather led to a very busy summer on Buffalo's waterfront. Canalside saw a 50% increase in visitors.

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A fourth vessel has been added to a fleet of boats that serve visitors to Buffalo's Inner Harbor. Dignitaries joined members of the Hilliman family Friday morning to christen the Harbor Queen.


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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and Outer Harbor Management unveiled unique wooden benches at Wilkeson Pointe Friday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the handcrafted benches were created by students at The Foundry in Buffalo.  

Critics of a plan to build a 23-story tower on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor have filed a lawsuit that aims to block construction until a full environmental study is completed.

Developer Gerry Buchheit said by the end of next year, his Queen City Landing will be rising 23 stories above Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Buffalo's Common Council approved the long-awaited project Tuesday.


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