Project Proposals and Public Comments
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation ( ECHDC)
is seeking to develop the Southern End of the state owned property located between the Bell Slip and Terminals A & B.
Public Hearings before the Buffalo Common Council Legislative Committee and the Buffalo Planning Board are scheduled for Tuesday January 16.
For more information on the proposed plan:
GreenWatch/The Public Big Outer Harbor News 14 January 2018
Public Hearing - Special Use - 901 Fuhrmann
7.18-49 : S. Ranalli, Agent, Special Use-Outer Harbor (901 Furhmann) to Create Bike Park in D-OG/N-1S Zone (Sou)(Hrg 1/16)
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b.s rinali spec use 2-01042018162127
Our Outer Harbor Coalition Special Statement on Proposed South End Plan
January 16, 2018
The Our Outer Harbor Coalition has been meeting with the ECHDC and the consultants (Trowbridge, Wolf, Michaels Landscape Architects) on the development of this plan.
We note that this plan moves the previously announced "Mountain BIke Trail" out of the fragile Bell Slip/Seaway Piers habitat, and to the South Side of the Bell Slip. It also rebrands the trail as an Urban Bike Park. We believe that this will open up the user base to a broader public biking community, an important user group of Outer Harbor recreational facilities.
The new plan also envisions something of a permanent "festival grounds" associated with existing traffic and parking infrastructure affiliated with Terminals A & B. Eventually the plan seeks to move festivals and events away from the Seaway Piers area and into a more accessible and less fragile site. This will improve access, lessen congestion, and help to conserve natural features.
We thank the ECHDC for the progress made to date and for incorporating many of our recommendations into the current plan, including moving and redefining the Bike Park out of the re-naturalizing Bell Slip area; removing the Visitors Center from the Bell Slip Area; adding habitat restoration elements; shifting festivals to this portion of the Outer Harbor; repurposing one of the terminal buildings; and protecting the public from contamination.
Overall, the Our Outer Harbor Coalition approves this plan with the following caveats:
Public Comments Submitted to Buffalo Common Council and Buffalo Planning Board 16 January 2018
Another Voice, Buffalo News 21 January 2018 "No Mountain Bikes on the Outer Harbor"