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Board Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below.  Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 4:08pm
Other items approved include maintenance of Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator Lighting and annual budgets The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board of Directors met today and approved several items, including two measures that will secure parking for tenants and businesses at Canalside.  As open land at Canalside continues to be developed, the need for parking is crucial to the continued success of Canalside partners and projects. The two parking lots are located along Perry Boulevard within the Canalside district (see map here) and will also be used as storage for Canalside back-office operations.  “As Canalside evolves, providing year-round offerings and experiences, as well as mixed-use projects with housing and commercial space, we expect an increase in visitors and residents to the area,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “The management of these two parking lots will provide ECHDC the opportunity to better regulate parking for new businesses and Canalside residents.” ECHDC will pay the state Department of Transportation (DOT) $410,707 for a five-year permit for the use and occupancy of existing parking lots under a New York State-owned highway right-of-way. Approximately one acre will be occupied by storage containers, equipment and vehicles that support the day-to-day services provided at Canalside. These back-of-house operations are currently based at the North Aud Block, the site of an upcoming development project.  New parking spaces will be created and used by Canalside Partners, including Sinatra & Company Real Estate, which will break ground on its Heritage Point project at Canalside in April.  The remaining spaces will be offered to Canalside partners, such as Benderson Development and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Explore & More Children’s Museum, before other third-party agreements are reviewed. These agreements with third-party occupants will help defray permit fees.  ECHDC Board also approved a $230,000 contract with LiRo Engineers, Inc. for design services associated with the parking lots. The project goals include: maximizing parking in both lots, including accessible parking spaces; improving the perimeter of the parking lots, where feasible, which could include limited fencing and landscape features; providing secure parking spaces in one or both parking lots; improving the parking surface, site drainage and site lighting; and providing space for Canalside back-office operations.  The ECHDC also approved a $600,000 contract with Foit-Albert Associates for scheduled ongoing maintenance over a two-year period at the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator Lighting Project. Severe weather at the site has resulted in further damage to the fixtures and caused programming disruptions. A 2018 report had documented prior issues with a server and with fixtures at the site. In February, the consultant team corrected a December 2019 system failure, and updated a report detailing site fixtures and conditions. The installation still needs significant maintenance, new light fixtures and programming modifications. The services covered in this contract include the labor, equipment and materials required to perform ongoing maintenance visits throughout 2020 and 2021.  Lastly, the ECHDC Board approved ECHDC’s fiscal year 2020-2021 operating and capital budgets.  About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The ECHDC is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two nonvoting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty. For more information on ECHDC, visit here.   Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 4:05pm
Marvel Architects to provide architecture and engineering services for redevelopment of former Rainbow Centre Mall Demolition contract also awarded for former Rodeway Inn and Niagara Snow Park sites The USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN) Board of Directors met today and approved items that will advance key development projects in downtown Niagara Falls. USAN will enter into a contract with Marvel Architects, PLLC to provide design and engineering services to repurpose the remaining space in the former Rainbow Centre Mall into a high-density, mixed-use development with restored pedestrian access through the center of the building and active ground-level services.  The board also approved an item related to the demolition of structures and site preparation of two downtown Niagara Falls properties—the former Rodeway Inn and Niagara Snow Park—to prepare them for potential future redevelopment. “We could not be more excited to partner with the City of Niagara Falls and Marvel Architects on rethinking the Rainbow Centre,” said USAN President Anthony Vilardo.  “Marvel’s approach to redesigning the former mall will bring a fresh perspective to this key downtown property.  For too long the Rainbow Centre has been an impediment to development and acted as a barrier between the city and its waterfront.  Marvel has an impressive portfolio of adaptive reuse projects, and we look forward to bringing a great project to Niagara Falls.” Marvel is one of the world’s leading adaptive reuse architectural practices and has completed many adaptive reuse/historic projects of various scales. Its holistic design practice includes an urban design unit, which helps them to consider the impact of its work at the neighborhood, district and even regional scale. The company’s primary goal is activation: creating sites that are vital, walkable, multi-modal, and that serve a mix of audiences and groups throughout the day and seasons of the year. “The Rainbow Centre is a critical part of the downtown core,” said City of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino.  “The effort to find a new purpose for the space is exciting and another important step in the recreation of our entertainment district. Marvel Architects PLLC will bring world-class design and architectural style to a very critical piece of our downtown. I am excited to review the project going forward and I am sure it will be a centerpiece addition to the district.”    In December 2019, USAN and the City of Niagara Falls announced plans to undertake the adaptive reuse of the remaining mall space as a Civic Improvement Project.   Guided by the recommendations of a panel of experts from the Urban Land Institute, the project will establish greater public access and walkability, create commercial opportunities, and modernize parking resources to support new and existing businesses at and near the mall site.  These modifications will create up to 200,000 square feet of available space that could be repurposed for uses that would benefit downtown Niagara Falls, including attractions or other entertainment venues or partnerships with the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, such as an expansion of programing.  USAN and the City have signed a project term sheet which allows USAN to procure and retain, at its expense, consultants necessary to develop plans and specifications necessary to allow construction of the project.  Marvel will provide necessary architecture and engineering services for the Project.  It will be responsible for working with USAN, the Culinary Institute, stakeholder focus groups, and associated agencies (NFTA, City Engineering and Public Works Department, etc.) to further expand and define the programming requirements for the Rainbow Centre Mall design, pedestrian access, streetscaping, structured parking, site features and future retail development assumptions.  USAN and the city will later select a construction manager for the construction phase of the Project.  The USAN Board also approved a $663,540 base contract to Regional Environmental Demolition Inc. for demolition and site preparation services at two downtown properties that were acquired by USAN as part of the strategic land acquisition program funded through the second phase of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion.  The anticipated start date for demolition and site work is March 2020 with a completion by July 2020.  The project involves asbestos abatement, structure demolition, earthwork, utility work and site preparation to include regrading and seeding in preparation for future development.  Specifically: 492 Main Street, site of the former Rodeway Inn: The intention of the demolition is to allow the site to blend seamlessly into the adjacent parkland until redevelopment efforts are underway.  The two-story, 8,424 square foot, 23-room budget motel building and a one-story 1,127 square foot office/retail building will be demolished, and all asphalt parking and structural base will be removed.  The site will be regraded and finished with topsoil and grass seed. 427 First Street, site of the former “Niagara Snow Park”: The 2.8-acre site contains the artificial tubing/sledding hill, which will be demolished, and all foundations will be being removed.  The site will be regraded to match the existing adjacent elevations and/or incorporate a retaining wall.  Due to the size of the property assemblage and USAN’s multiple redevelopment ventures, the interim plan for the property is to allow the City to continue to temporarily operate public parking on site.  The existing surface parking lot will remain as is. See map of sites here.  The properties were acquired by USAN to assemble long-dormant properties located near Niagara Falls State Park to remove blight from the downtown area and expand the density of uses there toward the establishment of a year-round, sustainable neighborhood.  In January 2020, the USAN Board designated TM Montante Development as the preferred developer for the restoration/rehabilitation of the USAN-owned commercial properties at 500 and 512 Third St., as well as an adjacent vacant lot at 518 Third St. and an adjacent parking lot at 503 Main St.  The projects will be vibrant, mixed-use commercial developments and are critical for the continued development of the Third Street Business District. Read more here. The USAN Board also approved USAN’s annual operating and capital budgets, as well Niagara Falls Convention and Conference Facility Civic Project and Old Falls Street 2020 operating and capital budgets. About USA Niagara Development Corporation USAN, a subsidiary of Empire State Development, is solely dedicated to the support and promotion of economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls.  For more information, visit https://esd.ny.gov/usa-niagara-development-corporation-6.   Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 2:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 12:30 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 11:00am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 3:32pm
Public is invited to respond to online survey now and participate in future community meetings once the COVID-19 crisis is resolved Public input will provide roadmap to create a vibrant and sustainable market Empire State Development (ESD) today announced it is seeking input via a public survey as part of public engagement outreach associated with the initiative to revitalize the iconic Broadway Market, a historic anchor institution in Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. As one of the oldest and largest City-owned public markets in the United States, the Market is seeking to solidify and expand its customer base of faithful community patrons and annual holiday shoppers into a steady clientele that will help support and sustain the 90,000-square-foot site—and fuel neighborhood development. The project’s lead consultant, CJS Architects, is asking for the public’s feedback via the survey on a variety of issues including the mix of market vendors, market appearance and operations, and non-food businesses and services. The feedback will help create a roadmap for implementation and capital improvements that can contribute to the market’s renewed vibrancy and sustainability. Once the current coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis is resolved, CJS Architects and its team will be scheduling community meetings to discuss the project goals and to collect additional feedback on that Market’s future. “The Broadway Market is a transformational project for the city’s East Side,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and CEO & Commissioner-designate Eric Gertler. “This is the public’s chance to provide input on the next phase of renovations and on ways the market can be better integrated into the fabric of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has committed $4 million in state capital funds to ensure the Market is a sustainable and vibrant shopping hub and regional destination year-round. As one of the oldest and largest City-owned public markets in the United States, it is a focal point for Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood residents as well as a seasonal holiday destination. In addition to the Market’s historic importance, the site is also a food shopping destination for residents seeking a diverse selection of affordable ingredients, prepared foods and neighborhood services. Buffalo-area residents are encouraged to provide feedback through a survey that is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BroadwayMarket2020, as well as on the Broadway Market website and Facebook page. Once the current COVID-19 crisis is resolved, CJS Architects and its team will be scheduling community meetings to discuss the project goals and to collect feedback on the Market’s future. Revitalizing the East Side has been a continued focus of the Buffalo Billion.  As part of the 2017 State budget, the Governor and the State Legislature funded a second round of Buffalo Billion funding, totaling $500 million. Working in partnership with Mayor Byron W. Brown and City of Buffalo staff, state officials have targeted a portion of this funding for strategic investments along Buffalo’s four East Side commercial corridors. As part of this strategy, $65M in state funding is dedicated to the revitalization of Buffalo’s East Side through transformational capital investments in nine investment areas along four East Side Commercial Corridors (Michigan Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Fillmore Avenue, and Bailey Avenue).  The $4 million in capital funds for the Market will seek to ensure it  is a sustainable and vibrant shopping hub and regional destination year-round.  The lead consultant team for this project, CJS Architects, is a Buffalo-based firm that brings 40 years of experience in the design of public and private developments and urban planning projects. Working with CJS Architects is Public Market Development (PMD), a wholly owned entity, founded by its principal Aaron Zaretsky. PMD has provided conceptual, development, fundraising, feasibility, siting, business planning, marketing planning, management and design services to more than 50 cities, counties, economic and community development entities, private nonprofits and private developers for over 40 years, focusing solely on public markets. Notably, Zaretsky was the Director of Seattle’s Pike Place Public Market during its $65 million renovation.  Also part of the team is Developments by JEM, which has over 25 years of community outreach experience, primarily engaging with communities on Buffalo’s East Side by creating road maps for viable and sustainable projects that produce economic development and enhance quality of life. “The future success of the iconic Broadway Market requires it to be an anchor for the continued revitalization of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. That means is needs to attract a diverse mix of shoppers, including the neighborhood’s long-time residents and new immigrant population, while also drawing foodies and culture seekers from across our City and region,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “I strongly encourage participation in the survey that will drive New York State’s $4 million investment, and build on the more than $2.6 million my Administration has spent on the market since 2009, with another $1.6 million committed to physical improvements.” “We are very excited to participate in the revitalization of Buffalo’s East Side,” said Robert E. Stark, AIA, CJS Architects’ partner–in-charge of the project.  “We believe the resurgence of the Broadway Market can serve as a catalyst to neighborhood redevelopment, but can also become an important destination that will draw visitors from around the city and the region.” The unfolding COVID-19 crisis has significantly affected how events and gatherings are held.  A planned public meeting and additional community engagement hosted by CJS Architects to further guide the team’s design and business planning developments is postponed until further notice.   Contact: Pamm Lent | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Board Meeting

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 11:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 10:00 am on Monday, March 23, 2020.
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 3:00pm
This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
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Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 2:00pm
This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
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Press Release

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 11:05am
Announced on 2019 Trade Mission, Program to Select up to Five Smart City Testbeds with Funding Support of up to $2 Million New York Municipalities to Partner with Technology Companies to Improve Public Service Delivery and Quality-of-Life Israel Innovation Authority to Provide $1 Million to Support Israeli Companies in New York State Empire State Development today announced the launch of the Smart Cities Innovation Partnership program in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority. The program, first announced during the Governor’s July 2019 solidarity and trade mission to Israel, will designate up to five Smart Cities to connect with technology companies and academic experts throughout the state, using emerging technologies to improve government services and resident quality of life. The program will officially launch this month with educational outreach and formal solicitations of interest from New York localities. Once cities are selected, interested companies will be able to submit technological concepts and solutions to help them tackle their specific challenges, with a strong focus on startups in New York State and Israel. This partnership furthers the Governor’s commitment to helping the state’s cities and towns leverage technology for the public good and drive mutually beneficial trade partnerships between the New York and Israeli technology industries.  Deputy Secretary for Technology & Innovation Jeremy M. Goldberg said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has made tremendous investments to grow its technology industry and innovation economy. The concept of a smarter city is about using technology to better deliver on government’s responsibility to residents: health, safety, and opportunity. We’re excited about the innovative ideas that will come to life through this partnership between cities, community members, and technologists.” Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Smart Cities provide the opportunity to help municipalities deliver better programs and services to residents while expanding innovative industries that use technology for social impact. I look forward to selecting New York’s Smart Cities and helping them solve their pressing local challenges while creating investment and jobs in the New York economy.” Israel Innovation Authority CEO Aharon Aharon said, “The Israel Innovation Authority is honored to support the Israeli companies that will play an important role in improving government services and quality of life for New York residents. We appreciate the Governor’s commitment to Israel and look forward to strengthening our technological ties with New York.” Empire State Development (ESD) will provide up to $1 million in funding and the Israel Innovation Authority, which fosters the nation’s industrial research and development, will contribute up to $1 million in additional funding for Israeli companies delivering projects in New York. The application period for municipalities will open the week of March 16th, and ESD will conduct webinars to answer questions about the partnership and build awareness. Chosen municipalities will designate physical or virtual sites to pilot new technologies aimed at improving public services. Beginning in the summer, companies will be able to submit proposals that solve the locally-identified problems and opportunities within each chosen city, with IIA driving interest and submissions from industry-leading Israeli companies. By the end of 2020, projects will be chosen for funding and will be implemented in the municipalities in 2021. To stay up to date on program information sessions, announcements, and key dates, interested New York municipalities, technology companies, and others can learn more here. Three main parties will benefit from this pilot program: NY Municipalities. Under this pilot, local governments may apply to be a designated testbed site for the program and develop smart cities project lists to be funded through the program. Technology Companies. Under this pilot, companies developing smart cities solutions are invited to submit a proposal that resolves a project offered by testbed sites. Innovation assets. Under this pilot, different innovation programs across the state will be selected to fund and assist accepted project proposals. Through this Partnership, New York and Israeli companies will be supported in testing, piloting, and scaling qualified technologies in New York, with facilitated access to top technology incubators, accelerators, and industry leaders operating in New York’s diverse regions. A smart city is any incorporated municipality that leverages technological solutions to promote public health, safety, and welfare, and improves quality-of-life for the residents of the municipality, especially traditionally underserved and under resourced populations and communities. For example, cities that incorporate mobile applications to make public transportation more accessible for residents are leveraging smart cities technology.   Contact: Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212)803-3744 Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 292-5107 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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