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Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative

Organizing for Change

Buffalonians have been dreaming, thinking, talking and planning about recapturing our beautiful waterfront for decades. The time is ripe for action now. The Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative is an action program to organize for change on our waterfront starting right now.

The goals of the program are based on bedrock values that Buffalonians cherish – a prosperous economy, strong communities, and a healthy environment.

The Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative has been created to:

  • Develop the economic strength of neighborhoods, the community, and the region;
  • Extend direct access to our waterfront from Riverside to South Buffalo and everywhere in between;
  • Revitalize our waterfront neighborhoods and connect them to the water;
  • Protect and repair the health of our water, land, and wildlife along the waterfront; and
  • Create a magnificent International Gateway at and around the Peace Bridge.

The Buffalo Waterfront Corridor Initiative is not a planning exercise. Rather, it will offer a way to resurrect all of the good ideas and hard work that have gone into twenty years of planning and translate them into action – now. 

The Initiative will begin with an analysis of all the work that has gone before.

Next, the myriad waterfront stakeholders, public agencies, and the general public will be asked to review and prioritize viable projects for Buffalo’s waterfront. When that’s done, the priority projects will be turned over to those agencies – public and private – that have the ability to get those things done.

An Implementation Council made up of the leadership of those agencies will meet regularly over the next two years to solve problems, hold each other accountable, and turn plans into reality.

The project team includes Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers, PC, and The Urban Design Project in the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. 

For more information, contact Lucy A. Cook, Project Manager, The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, 920 Buffalo City Hall, 851-5077.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, incorporated in 1989, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit regional river advocacy organization with the following goals:

  1. Restore the ecological health of Buffalo-Niagara River systems;
  2. Improve public access along the Rivers by surrounding communities and citizens of the region;
  3. Express and celebrate the cultural and historic fabric of the area;
  4. Support the sustainable development of the WNY economy; and
  5. Encourage community awareness, “ownership” and stewardship of the Rivers.

For more information on how you can help WNY’s rivers, please contact us at
(716) 852-7483 or

WNY’s Waters Need You!