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Fix It – Tifft Street Pier

It was back in July of 2014 that I first wrote about the completion of Tifft Street Pier. At the time, everything appeared to be going in the right direction. Unfortunately, this parcel along the waterfront has since been seemingly neglected, as a BRO readily pointed out to me the other day. That same reader also managed to take photos, which I have added to my own images showcasing the issues that plaque the grounds.


Some of the issues might appear to be minor. Others are more significant. Altogether, the overall picture is that of a project that was once touted by local officials, and has since been ignored. This, from the BRO reader:

Tifft St. Pier was officially opened 7/7/2014. After three years it is still in disarray. The western end of the pier is still chained up to the top. I don’t know if the beautiful lighting is still operational or not. Although contractors appeared to be working on it over the last two years no one has been working on it this year. The barricades (fences) have been moved aside (I assume by people who were sick and tired of it being closed). I know the grand opening had several high profile people patting themselves on the back, but I wonder how many of them know it has been closed off and not operational for at least two years (actually this is the third year).
I also wonder about the liability to the responsible agency because the barricades are still there, they have been moved aside and no one has officially removed the barricades. Another item in the same area is along the shoreline a little bit north of the pier. There is an accumulation of washed up garbage that has never been cleaned up. This garbage is really an eyesore on our Outer Harbor. Surely someone is responsible for regular cleanup of the shoreline?

Photos: Barricade fence (one of 4-6) that has been placed aside. The dock that has been chained up for the last two-three years. Trash that has been laying a little bit north of the pier for at least three years.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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