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Newly Rebuilt Ohio Street
MAYOR BROWN, CONGRESSMAN HIGGINS, ECHDC OPEN NEWLY REBUILT OHIO STREET
December 1, 2014 - Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation President Tom Dee officially re-opened a 1.4 mile stretch of Ohio Street today, which continues to undergo an $11.3 million rehabilitation. Ohio Street is now operational, with nearly 70% of the work completed. The remainder of the project will be completed in spring 2015.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation President Tom Dee said, “Ohio Street’s redevelopment is a strategic component of the state’s plan to transform Buffalo’s waterfront. By linking the city’s inner and outer harbors, this beautiful parkway, once underutilized and blighted, will now not only further revitalize our waterfront, but will restore economic growth to Buffalo. ECHDC is proud to have worked on the General Project Plan for this project and fund it with $2.3 million through NYPA funds.”
The $11.3 million Ohio Street redevelopment project, in compliance with the city’s Complete Streets ordinance, is now operational and 70% complete. The renovation project included:
National Grid invested approximately $4.2 million to install new underground duct work and cabling that will meet current customer needs and allow for easy access to accomodate future growth, while examining another $10-12 million in additional investment in that corridor.
"The integrated infrastructure planning for the Ohio Street project should become a model for projects like this going forward," said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional director for National Grid. "By collaborating early in the design process with the City of Buffalo and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, we have been able to invest in infrastructure that should allow us to meet any growth in energy that comes from continued development in this area."
The project complements other recent developments along the downtown waterfront, including Canalside, part of a $250 million waterfront revitalization project, and the $200 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.
The Ohio Street reconstruction project is a great example of a strong partnership between state, city and federal governments. 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
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios