On Wednesday morning, Congressman Brian Higgins announced the beginning of work to provide public access to a section of the Buffalo Outer Harbor previously occupied by the US Coast Guard and off limits to the public. This will allow for access to the historic Buffalo "Chinaman's Lighthouse" which, built in 1833, is one of the oldest in the Great Lakes.
In 2008, Congressman Higgins, along with then -Senator Hillary Clinton, secured a total of $6.1 million in federal funds for the project.
"With this project we continue to build on our effort to deliver unprecedented access and opportunity to the Buffalo waterfront," said Congressman Higgins.
The first phase of the project is set for completion in time for the October National Preservation Conference in Buffalo. It will include park benches, improvements to the existing brick walking path, lighting, and decorative security fencing and public access to the historic lighthouse, which has been off-limits due to post-9/11 security requirements.
The lead contractor on the site is Iroquois Bar Corp., a local company based in Lackawanna, NY. Iroquois Bar will be working with Union Concrete and Construction Corp., based in West Seneca, Scrufari Construction Company out of Niagara Falls and Beardsley Design Associates, Inc. of Syracuse on the Coast Guard project. Iroquois was awarded the contract through the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business development program, created to help small businesses compete in the marketplace and gain access to federal and private contracts.