Draft plan for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor unveiled

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – After receiving input from the public, the draft plan for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor is ready.

Perkins+Will, a design firm hired by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, incorporated feedback from the public into a blueprint for the 350-acres along the city’s waterfront. The draft plan was presented Tuesday night at WNED Studios in downtown Buffalo.

The design firm gave a number of reasons why it feels strongly its preferred plan is the best option for the Outer Harbor.

The plan calls for increased transportation options, including bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian walkways, electric vehicle circulators, carsharing, shuttle services, light rail transit and local bus service. The firm says these options will reduce the parking footprint at the Outer Harbor and minimize noise and air pollution from traffic.

With open spaces that will take advantage of ecological elements of forest and meadow, bookended by developed areas, the site is meant to provide a nature lover’s paradise while allowing for plenty of other activities.

Though kayaking, boating, trails, bike rentals and more are part of the plan, so are restaurants, a sculpture park, amphitheatre, beer garden and museum. Other ideas include sports fields, an entertainment pier, and public market.

You can see the plans in detail below:

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