Proposal for water park, hotel on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – On the Buffalo waterfront property once used by Henry Ford to build Model T’s, there is now a $250 million dollar proposal that would include a water park and hotel rooms.

Developer Gerry Buchheit, who is already converting the nearby shut-down Freezer Queen Plant into luxury apartments, a $40 million dollar project, says “we think it’s very doable and we think it would really work well on the Buffalo Outer Harbor.”

Buchheit’s plan also includes big scale retail, a five hundred car parking ramp, and a market similar to the Quincy Marketplace in Boston.

The main part of the project would be in the space now called Terminal A. Long after the model T era, it was used as a warehouse.

Buchheit also wants to put 120 hotel rooms in a property called Terminal B, also not currently in use.

Both properties are located just across from the Freezer Queen building on the south end of Buffalo’s outer harbor.

Buchheit’s daughter, Amanda, is the project assistant. She says “I know when I visit my friends in other cities the first thing we want to do is spend time closer to the water, so, if we had more opportunities in Buffalo I think it would be great to get people out there.”

Gerry Buchheit says the transformation of the old Freezer Queen Plant will begin in a month or two.  The rest, he says, is a work in progress. 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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