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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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What proved to be a popular attraction on Buffalo's waterfront last year is now open for its second season. The Queen City Bike Ferry, which offers passage between Canalside and the Outer Harbor, held its ceremonial first run late Friday morning.

The ambitious plans for Queen City Landing call for a 23-story complex to be located at the former Freezer Queen site along the Outer Harbor. The scope of the proposal has grabbed the attention of community members who are raising concerns over the city's approval process.


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A controversial Outer Harbor project could be considered as early as next week by Buffalo's Preservation Board. Local developer Gerry Bucheit wants to replace the old Freezer Queen plant off Fuhrmann Boulevard with a 23-story apartment building.


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Developers of Queen City Landing want to open late next year, renting out 197 apartment units on a site sticking out into the Outer Harbor. It was once the site of the Freezer Queen plant.


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Buffalo's Outer Harbor is getting an events planner of its own, to guide activity on the growing stretch of land beyond Canalside.


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The first and only state park in the City of Buffalo opened on Sunday, and is set to offer Western New Yorkers a new waterfront destination.

Waterfront bike ferry makes its maiden voyage

May 18, 2015
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Beginning this Friday, bikers and pedestrians will have a new and inexpensive way to get from Canalside to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The Queen City Bike Ferry made its ceremonial debut Monday morning.

Group raising hopes for waterfront gondolas

May 18, 2015

Could a system of gondola lifts successfully carry visitors along the city's waterfront? The group Citizens for Regional Transit wants to explore the concept during a public meeting this afternoon at Hallwalls.

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From one expert's point of view, parks are an essential part of a city, serving people across the age and income categories, and there are great opportunities in Buffalo's parks.


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Ohio Street is once again open to traffic between Buffalo's inner and outer harbors. The transformation of the old industrial corridor into a pedestrian-friendly parkway is about 70 percent complete.

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The final design plan for Buffalo's Outer Harbor should be ready in about a month. The next step will focus on how to pay for the plan.

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Planners are closer to a final design for Buffalo's Outer Harbor. A Wednesday night meeting at the WNED studios gave the public a glimpse of what to expect.

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The public now has greater access to Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along Furhmann Boulevard.

A new state park on Buffalo's waterfront is another step closer to reality. The NFTA's long-vacant property along Furhmann Boulevard is now in the hands of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Another step in the transformation of the Outer Harbor takes place today. Development companies will be receiving requests for proposals, gauging their interest in planning the use for 150 acres of waterfront property.

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More improvements are underway along Buffalo's waterfront. On Tuesday morning, elected leaders kicked off the reconstruction of Ohio Street.

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For the grand sum of $2, the entire picture of Buffalo's Outer Harbor changed Thursday when the NFTA signed legal papers turning over 354 acres of land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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A group of local residents pushing for an "internationally significant" park on Buffalo's waterfront have released a conceptual drawing of their plan.

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After nearly 60 years, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is getting out of waterfront development.

State park coming to Outer Harbor

Sep 4, 2013

Following years of requests from elected officials and interest groups, it appears the NFTA is ready to relinquish control of key portions of Buffalo's waterfront.

Coast Guard rescues seven in Buffalo

Jul 17, 2013

Crews from the Buffalo Coast Guard Station and the Erie County Sherriff's Office Marine Division were pressed into action Tuesday night when a vessel with seven people aboard struck a reef in Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River.

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Efforts to improve public access to Buffalo's Outer Harbor continues this summer.  More than $4 million in construction projects are underway, including several so-called pocket parks.

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Students from City Honors cut the ribbon on the new Wilkeson Pointe park on Buffalo's Outer Harbor Friday.

While many are wondering when spring will arrive, there are a few sure signs the change of seasons is underway. Crews started removing the Ice Boom from the mouth of the Niagara River this week and construction has resumed on a new park on Buffalo's waterfront that is on track to open by the end of May.

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After years of trying to get out of the waterfront redevelopment business, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is close to selling its holdings on Buffalo's Outer Harbor to another agency.

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Bowing to public outcry, the NFTA is moving to transfer its Outer Harbor properties to the ECHDC, but some wonder if the land should be controlled by yet another state agency.

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Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the NFTA to give up its waterfront property for a couple of dollars, but the Transit Authority is not keen on the idea.  

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