New blueprint for Outer Harbor’s future calls for open, green space

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Local leaders have high hopes for the future for the Outer Harbor. The new blueprint for the Outer Harbor was formally submitted to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s board at a meeting Wednesday morning.

The blueprint lays out the basic goals and plans for the Outer Harbor, including the plans to use $5 million from the Buffalo Billion investment for “targeted, first phase, short term investments” that feature a lot of open space improvements, like extending the southern bike trail, creating a new Bell Slip Visitors Center, and upgrading the Seaway Pier much like what was done at Wilkeson Pointe.

READ | Click here to see the new Outer Harbor Blueprint

All of these updated plans are a big turnaround from what was originally proposed for the Outer Harbor space. Previous plans called for big development on the land.

The new plan represents a new direction after local leaders heard public input about what everyone wanted to see in that space.

One of the big goals in this updated blueprint for the Outer Harbor is to build on the momentum we’re seeing at the Inner Harbor and Canalside. That momentum continued to build Wednesday, when the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board voted to approve an agreement to move forward with construction of a new Explore and More Children’s Museum at Canalside. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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