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Jacobs: $1 million in state funding for DL&W project

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Fri, Jun 12th 2020 02:05 pm

Funding supports a critical next step in NFTA’s vision for historic structure

New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced he has secured $1 million in state funding to support the redevelopment of Buffalo’s Delaware, Lackawanna ad Western Terminal Railroad station on the city’s waterfront.

“I have always been excited by the potential for the DL&W Terminal to become a major destination again at the foot of Main Street,” he said. “Transforming this massive and historic building into a first-class recreational, commercial and economic development site is an expensive proposition, and I am pleased to have been able to secure such a meaningful investment of state resources.”

The funding secured by the senator will support the construction and installation of the stair tower and elevator that will enable public access from South Park Avenue to the second floor of the terminal. This access is necessary for the NFTA and project developers to be able to begin moving forward with emerging plans for phase two of the larger development project.

“We are very appreciative of Sen. Jacobs’ support,” said Kimberly Minkel, NFTA executive director. “This funding will help our efforts in the ongoing development of the DL&W, which will build on the continued growth and development within the Canalside and Cobblestone district.”

Jacobs’ 60th Senate District is bordered by more than 40 miles of waterfront that he has long believed has held great recreational and economic development potential. In prior state budgets, he has secured a combined $1.5 million for waterfront development projects at Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, and the Buffalo Heritage Carousel.

“I applaud the vison of the NFTA and project developers for a large public gathering space that will become a major part of the Metro Rail’s new station, and I am pleased that they are committed to gathering public input on the final details of what is built,” Jacobs said. “I am confident the final project will increase metro rail ridership, improve NFTA customer’s experience and add significantly to the quality of life for everyone in our community.”

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