In a few hours, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) will be hosting a public open house, “to discuss the conceptual design for development parcels, street and parking facilities on the northern part of the former Memorial Auditorium Block, more commonly known as the North Aud Block, at Canalside.”
The development of this crucial parcel of waterfront property is another lynchpin for Canalside, and will help to dictate the future of the site. So far, these remaining parcels have been slow going, leaving the public wondering what the future has in store. Now, the public has a chance to speak out about the future of this property that has been lying in wait for years.
The North Aud Block is bounded by Lower Terrace to the north, Main Street to the east, the canals to the south, and Commercial and Pearl streets to the west. See a map of property here.
It was back in December of 2018 that Cuomo announced a North Block infrastructure RFP, and that $10 million in funding would be committed to support the design and construction of the site’s transformation, including reintroduce portions of the block’s historic street grid and walkable areas, along with the creation of parking and other underground infrastructure.
TY Lin International was selected by ECHDC to design, bid and provide construction management services for the development of infrastructure on the North Aud Block.
“We are looking to reintroduce elements of the historic street pattern that once traversed the Erie Canal at what we now call the North Aud Block,” said Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Chairman Robert Gioia. “With our consultants and based on stakeholder and community input, we continue to refine our design ideas for the site. We welcome your feedback as we move forward in planning for this important site.”
The public open house and input session will be held at the Honda VIP Pavilion at Canalside (entrance off Perry Street near Main Street in Buffalo) on Wednesday, August 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a presentation at 5:30 p.m. followed by an opportunity to provide feedback and speak with the design consultants.