© 2023 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Jump Starting Outer Harbor Development

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A place that was once a hotspot for nightlife along Buffalo's waterfront in the 1990's is coming down.

Demolition of the former Pier Restaurant began yesterday. Local leaders say it is a clear sign of real waterfront development.

Construction crews began razing the former Pier Restaurant off Furhmann Boulevard Monday. Demolition is marking the start of new waterfront development known as the Outer Harbor Greenbelt Project. U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins joined the NFTA at the site. Higgins says this will create proper access the Outer Harbor.

NFTA Commissioner Peter Demakos says the Authority is working to transfer 120-acres of waterfront land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for redevelopment. The Greenbelt is slated to open in the Spring of '08.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Eileen Buckley's story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.