With outer harbor just a big open space with nothing around it, Plans to make it more user-friendly moved forward last Monday.

The projects include a bike park with mountain-bike trails, events lawn, multi-use trails and three habitat restoration areas for the southern end of the Outer Harbor. The projects are expected to be completed in May 2019.'

Apparently The cost of the four contracts approved Monday totals just over $7 million. The money will come from the $15 million set aside from Buffalo Billion II funds along with $5 million from the state's first Buffalo Billion economic initiative.

"These are real tangible things that are happening on the Outer Harbor," said Steven Ranalli, waterfront development vice president of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., whose board of directors approved the projects. "Monday's meeting set in motion planning, design and construction for the next two to five years."

The cool thing is they are going to study options from demolition to partial reuse or the full rehabilitation of the building.

Those 3 R's Reduce Reuse Recycle

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