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Press Release

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 5:25pm
Longshed Building Receives Buffalo Business First Brick by Brick Award Project Adds to Transformation of Revitalized Waterfront and Reflects the Ship Building History of the Site See Photos of the Longshed Here The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is honored to announce the Longshed Building located at Canalside is a Brick by Brick award winner in the category of hospitality and tourism. Buffalo Business First’s Brick by Brick awards recognize the best real estate, construction and development projects in the region. The Longshed building, located on the northern end of the Central Wharf at Canalside in Buffalo, is a two-story, gabled-roof wood structure that reflects the Central Wharf site's history by incorporating elements from the Joy and Webster Storehouse located on the site in the early 1800s.  The Longshed is one of many winning projects that are taking Western New York to new heights and instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment in the community, as we work to grow and thrive despite the challenges of the pandemic. "I congratulate HHL Architects and the entire team that worked on the Longshed project for receiving the prestigious Brick by Brick award for this invaluable educational and tourist attraction. The functionality, historic reference and overall design help make this waterfront building a place where history comes alive for visitors,” said ECHDC Board Chairman Robert Gioia. “The Erie Canal was instrumental in the growth of Buffalo in the past and the success of Canalside has shown us the waterfront is playing a critical role in shaping a brighter future for the entire region.” The approximately 4,400-square-foot Longshed includes a main floor which stretches the length of the building, a smaller mezzanine level, public bathrooms, roll-up entry doors, and an exterior porch that overlooks the Canalside lawn. “HHL Architects was very proud to have been selected by ECHDC to construct the first new building on the Canalside site, especially a new, traditional heavy timber, building that embraces and recalls the original Erie Canal & Buffalo River waterfront wharf character,” said Matthew W. Meier, HHL Architects Partner. “As a longtime Buffalo-based small business, we are excited to see Buffalo's waterfront redevelopment progress, and we feel privileged to have designed this unique multipurpose building for future users of Canalside.” The wood-frame building is presently being used by staff and volunteers from the Buffalo Maritime Center to construct a replica of the 1825 Seneca Chief packet boat, which transported Governor DeWitt Clinton from Buffalo to New York City to mark the official opening of the Erie Canal. For the next three years the public will be able to watch the boat being built and even volunteer to join the construction crew. Those wishing to volunteer should visit the Buffalo Maritime Center's website at https://buffalomaritimecenter.org/. “The Buffalo Maritime Center is honored to be the first tenant of the historic Longshed building at Canalside. The experience of constructing a 73-foot-long Erie Canal Boat inside the Longshed has been nothing short of a dream come true. It’s wonderful to see the awe on the faces of our staff, volunteers, and members of the public who step in the building and take in the beautiful design and craftsmanship of the facility. This Brick by Brick award is well-deserved, and we encourage everyone to stop by and appreciate this new icon of Buffalo’s waterfront,” said Brian Trzeciak, Executive Director of the Buffalo Maritime Center.  Once completed, the packet boat will be relocated to the Commercial Slip, where the Buffalo Maritime Center will make it available to tourists interested in learning more about the region's past. The boat will also tour other sections of the Erie Canal system to promote Buffalo and its history. At the completion of the packet boat project, the Longshed will become a year-round hall that can be used as a flexible multipurpose space for educational and historical programming by cultural organizations or to host large public gatherings. The building will also be an important part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Erie Canal's opening in 2025. The State has committed more than $90 million to transform Buffalo's Inner Harbor into what is now known as Canalside, a mixed-use urban entertainment destination that has received national and international attention as one of the key drivers of the remarkable resurgence of Western New York. Open to the public since May 2008, Canalside features several fully restored facets of the original Erie Canal, including the Commercial Slip, Boardwalk and the Historic Replica Canals. A year-round attraction, Canalside boasts a wide array of family activities that capitalize on and showcase the diverse resources of the Western New York region. In addition, the Historic Replica Canals will become New York State's largest outdoor roller rink later this month and then transition to ice-skating in the fall. About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (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 non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 Laura Magee (ECHDC) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239
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Board Meeting

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 3:30pm
The meeting is open to the public. Web casting of the meeting is available here. Please Note:Due to building procedures, those attending should please RSVP by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021. Members of the press should please call (800) 260-7313; Members of the public should please call (212) 803-3772.
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Public Notice

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 2:30pm
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Public Notice

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 1:00pm
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Public Notice

Friday, August 6, 2021 - 2:30pm
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Board Meeting

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 12:30pm
This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
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Public Notice

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 2:30pm
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Press Release

Monday, August 2, 2021 - 4:42pm
Offshore Wind Port Will Advance New York’s Green Industry Capacity Port Will Support Job Creation and Spur Additional Offshore Supply Chain Development Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that New York State has submitted an application for the United States Department of Transportation's Port Infrastructure Development Grant Program to support construction of Arthur Kill Terminal (AKT) in Staten Island. AKT will be an offshore wind staging and assembly port built on a 32-acre undeveloped site through a partnership between ESD and Arthur Kill Terminal, LLC. Today’s announcement advances Governor Cuomo’s vision for New York to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, leading the nation in green energy production. New York now has five offshore wind projects and five ports in active development – the largest offshore wind pipeline in the nation totaling more than 4,300 megawatts, enough to power more than 2.4 million homes, and representing nearly 50 percent of the capacity needed to meet the State’s long-term target. These projects will deliver thousands of jobs and more than $12.1 billion of combined economic activity, sending a clear market signal that will help further economic development, deliver savings for consumers, and increase infrastructure and clean energy benefits for New Yorkers across the state. ESD Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis said, “Utilizing underdeveloped land at the Arthur Kill Terminal to create a green energy port and bring new, sustainable economic opportunities to the State advances Empire State Development’s mission to prepare New York’s economy for the future. With Arthur Kill Terminal as an offshore wind port, we will continue to serve as leaders in the fight against climate change, while promoting job growth and strengthening our manufacturing sector.” NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris said, “The Arthur Kill Terminal Project will support the delivery of clean energy to power millions of homes, bring thousands of good-paying jobs, with a significant amount of the work going to workers and businesses in historically disadvantaged and environmental justice communities, and provide critical port infrastructure to accelerate the achievement of New York’s offshore wind goals. Importantly, this carefully planned project will be operational in time for the imminent East Coast offshore wind construction boom and will be able to service both shallow and deep-water projects – an essential and scarce asset for Atlantic states.” Arthur Kill Terminal President and CEO Boone Davis said, “We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Empire State Development to realize this transformational project for Staten Island, New York, and the region. Arthur Kill Terminal will be a cornerstone for the development of a US-based offshore wind supply chain and will unlock significant jobs and economic benefits for local workers and businesses.” As New York continues to build out its green economy, AKT is the latest example of the purpose-built port infrastructure that will maximize economic benefits and job creation from a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Offshore wind staging and assembly ports are critical infrastructures for enabling the timely and cost-effective construction of offshore wind projects. Establishing AKT and the addition of other ports across New York State to this program will accelerate the country’s and our state’s efforts to build a true American offshore wind industry. Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Friday, July 30, 2021 - 12:00pm
With Video Conferencing To: New York City Councilmember Diana Ayala’s Office 105 East 116th Street New York, NY 10029 This meeting is open to the public. Web casting of the meeting is available at the link below.  Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
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Press Release

Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 7:26pm
Project Supports New York City Regional Economic Development Council's Childcare and Workforce Development Strategies Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the groundbreaking of Queens Community House’s multi-million Forest Hills Community Center project. The modernization of the 19,000-square-foot community center will allow Queens Community House to reclaim more than 2,000 square feet of currently unusable space for its programming, including its Queens Childcare Network, while featuring a range of workforce development, social service and neighborhood-strengthening services. ESD has agreed to support this project with a $1.4 million capital grant, recommended by the New York City Regional Economic Development Council to align with the Council’s childcare and workforce development strategies. Empire State Development Chief Operating Officer and Executive Deputy Commissioner Kevin Younis said, "The modernization of the Forest Hills Community Center will enable Queens Community House to significantly expand the quality programs and services it provides to local families. This project is an important investment in building regional childcare and workforce development capacity, delivering on the State's priority to support New York's working families and strengthen its economy.”  The modernized facility will allow Queens Community House to support additional sites throughout the borough. The project also includes the fit-out of a new 7,500-square-foot space in a mixed-use building constructed on the NYCHA Forest Hills Coop housing development campus that will house Queens Community House’s ESL classes and immigration legal services program. First opened in 1976 and in need of significant repairs, the Forest Hills Community Center facility serves more than 500 people throughout the surrounding neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park and Corona daily. The Center’s programming provides training and technical assistance to a growing network of registered and licensed in-home family childcare providers throughout Queens that will eventually serve nearly 650 children. Executive Director of Queens Community House Ben Thomases said, “In the 45 years that the Forest Hills Community Center has been a home for QCH’s programs and a hub for our participants, our use of the space has changed to meet the needs of the community. The improvement of and addition to these program spaces on the FHCC campus is critical to meet the growing needs of the communities QCH serves throughout the borough of Queens, and QCH eagerly looks forward to welcoming our neighbors back to the transformed campus.” New York City Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Winston Fisher, Partner at Fisher Brothers, and Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, CUNY Chancellor, said, “Supporting childcare and workforce development is a pillar of the Council’s regional strategy. We are proud to invest in projects that will expand crucial programs and services that will significantly impact the community. The modernization of Queens Community House’s Forest Hills Community Center will have a positive long-term impact on working families' economic and social well-being.” Senator Toby Ann Stavisky said, “The Queens Community House provides much needed services to many of our neighbors. This renovation will allow QCH to upgrade and modernize both facilities and programmatic services allowing significant improvements for older adults. teens and young children. QCH has been vital throughout the pandemic, from feeding the homebound, to mentoring young people and assisting the most vulnerable around us. This funding will be an exciting new chapter for the Forest Hills community and a welcome upgrade for the hundreds of people who utilize this center each day." Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. said, “Ever since it opened, Queens Community House has excelled at providing individuals and families with tools they can use to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. The modernization of the Forest Hills Community Center will better enable Queens Community House to provide those tools and will allow QCH to continue to offer high-quality programming and services to the people of Queens for decades to come. We salute Queens Community House for all the great work it has done so far, and we look forward to all it will accomplish thanks to this vitally important modernization.” About Empire State Development  Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov. About Queens Community House Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-service settlement house serving more than 25,000 children, youth, adults and older adults every year. The mission of QCH is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. Through a broad network of programs operating out of 32 sites in 14 neighborhoods, QCH offers Queens residents a needed support system at every stage of life, helping them to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to change their lives for the better and become active participants in their larger community. For more information on Queens Community House, please visit www.qchnyc.org. Contact: Emily Mijatovic (ESD) | [email protected] | (646) 285-5671 | (800) 260-7313
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