On a perfect summer afternoon 200 Buffalo Niagara Partnership members hopped on board the Grand Lady and toured along Buffalo’s transforming waterfront. The Buffalo River offers a picturesque look back at what once was a busy shipping port and manufacturing hub along the Great Lakes. While the waterfront is changing by adding more pedestrian access and recreational space, industry still has a place along the banks.
The Riverbend development, at the former Republic Steel site in South Buffalo, is a transformative project for Buffalo and Western New York.
SolarCity has committed to investing $5 billion over the next decade on a solar panel manufacturing facility expected to generate 3,000 jobs. New York State has also committed $750 million to the project.
Our Riverbend project has entered the final phase as we, in conjunction with UB Regional Institute and National Grid, look to finalize the data collected and complete a final report.
We have continued our outreach on the Riverbend Area: Infrastructure Needs Assessment over the past several months, updates can be seen here.
Just over a month ago, we shared our latest project in collaboration with National Grid and University at Buffalo Regional Institute, the Riverbend Area – Infrastructure Needs Assessment (RAINA).
Since then, we’ve been hard at work gathering data from stakeholders in the project area.
The city of Buffalo has seen a tremendous amount of investment in the Waterfront, Outer Harbor and our former brownfield industrial areas, which has led to many exciting projects currently in the works.
One of the highest-profile projects of late has been Riverbend, which was recently sold to the state, totaling a property size of 184 acres.