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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > April 2014 > $11.3 Million Makeover For Ohio Street

$11.3 Million Makeover For Ohio Street

Construction begins on a plan to transform Ohio Street into a tree-lined parkway linking Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors; City of Buffalo allocates $1.2 million to the project


April 1, 2014  – Construction on an $11.3 million plan to turn Ohio Street into a tree-lined parkway linking Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors began today. Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the city has moved forward with the construction phase of a 1.4 mile stretch of Ohio Street, between Michigan Avenue and Fuhrmann Boulevard. 

“Buffalo is on the move and today’s announcement is another great example of the continued progress and redevelopment of Buffalo’s waterfront,” said Mayor Brown.  “I am proud of the progress we continue to make along our waterfront.  Transforming Ohio Street into a pedestrian-friendly parkway will further strengthen the infrastructure and provide an essential link between Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors.”

“This is just the start of another great season of progress,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  “The conversion of Ohio Street into a riverfront parkway is a critical link in the chain connecting the business community and local neighborhoods to the many points of transformation along our waterfront stretching from Canalside to the Outer Harbor.  Like the reconstruction of Fuhrmann Boulevard into the Outer Harbor Parkway, this will be a high-impact project turning a crumbling roadway into a destination with many great public features.”

The project calls for a two-way picturesque parkway with streetscape lighting and landscaping along with bike and walking paths, making Ohio Street more accessible, while linking downtown Buffalo and the city’s Outer Harbor.  The project also complements other recent developments along the downtown waterfront, including Canalside, part of a $250 million waterfront revitalization project, and the $172 million HARBORcenter project that stemmed from Mayor Brown’s plan to transform a surface parking lot near the downtown waterfront into a major job-generating development project.

“Building off the success of Canalside, I am pleased to see the city begin construction today on this key connector between downtown Buffalo and the Outer Harbor,” said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia.  “To get to this point on the Ohio Street reconstruction project was a true partnership between state, city and federal governments.  Governor Cuomo and ECHDC played a key role by initiating the project and leading the critical planning and design phase.  Today we can say we are well on our way towards another important improvement project that will revitalize our waterfront and restore economic growth in Buffalo.”

Following are the estimated costs and funding sources for the Ohio Street and Inner Harbor Infrastructure Improvement Project:

  • Federal Highway Administration Funds

$8,152,000

  • Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

$2,038,000

  • City of Buffalo
$1,200,000

GRAND TOTAL      

$11,390,000


Construction is expected to finish, weather permitting, by the end of the year. Once finished, Ohio Street is expected to become one of the city’s most complete streets ever built.