RiverBend is a 260+ acre brownfield reclamation site that once housed the Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke facilities. The project is a key component of the larger South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA).
In 2007 the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation acquired RiverBend, with assistance from the City of Buffalo as part of their partnership to guide redevelopment of the city’s former industrial sites and spur private sector investment and job creation.
The RiverBend Master Plan lays out a land use and development strategy for the RiverBend site, a key element of the BOA that encompasses over 200 acres. Improvements at RiverBend will transform a vacant former brownfield site into a recreational, ecological and economic resource; opening waterfront access, improving connectivity, and reclaiming land for productive use in Buffalo.
The project is already a key contributor to the health of the Buffalo Niagara region economy. Work is currently underway on a new, one million-square-foot site for the future SolarCity GigaFactory facility, which will manufacture solar panels at the RiverBend site. The project will create more than 3,000 jobs in Western New York alone and a total of nearly 5,000 jobs in the state.