|ECHDC & Our Projects|
Erie Canal Harbor Development
Corporation (ECHDC) is a subsidiary of Empire State Development and
was created to spearhead the city of Buffalo’s waterfront
redevelopment effort. ECHDC’s mission is to revitalize Buffalo’s
inner and outer harbor areas and restore economic growth to Western
New York, based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance
and natural beauty.
ECHDC’s activities are governed by an active Board of Directors, made up of many of Western New York’s most prominent business figures. In addition, the Chairman & CEO of Empire State Development participates on the Board of Directors as a non-voting member.
Since its foundation in 2005, ECHDC has
taken an aggressive approach to waterfront redevelopment, resulting
in significant progress over a very short amount of time.
In addition, ECHDC has been instrumental in advancing the overall “Canal Side” project, which focuses on developing 23 acres of Buffalo’s inner harbor lands for public, commercial, residential and other mixed-uses. This redevelopment effort includes several substantial construction projects, including reclamation, asbestos remediation and demolition of the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium ("Aud"), as well as reclamation, asbestos remediation and refurbishment of the General Donovan State Office Building, which are both situation on the proposed “Canal Side” site.
Recent ECHDC activity regarding
Buffalo’s outer harbor has mainly focused on securing
several of the area’s largest land parcels, in order to
transform these lots into park space, and also prepare them
for eventual redevelopment.