A large chunk of the Outer Harbor has a new bureaucratic owner. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation picked up the keys to Terminals A & B at 901 Fuhrman Boulevard yesterday. The two buildings contain 500,000 sq.ft. of space and sit on 50 acres of land. They are adjacent to the proposed Queen City Landing mixed-use project where asbestos abatement work is underway. The NFTA was paid $3.5 million for the property.
In 1957, the City of Buffalo transferred Outer Harbor property to the Niagara Frontier Port Authority, which later became the NFTA. The Port Authority acquired the Terminal buildings from Ford Motor Co. in 1962. Governor Cuomo authorized the transfer of 340 acres of NFTA waterfront property in 2014 to become the first State Park to be located in the City of Buffalo.
Long-term plans for the buildings have yet to be decided. In the near term, the ECHDC has plans to construct a bike path, including pedestrian and bicycle amenities along the Terminal property, completing the southern end of the Greenbelt loop.