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BOA Plans Released


Mayor Byron W. Brown is pleased to announce that four Brownfield Opportunity Area plans are now posted and available for review at  


Through funding provided by the New York State Department of State, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, and Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation; the city has been able to analyze existing conditions, develop plans, and identify strategic redevelopment sites within the Buffalo Harbor, Buffalo River Corridor, South Buffalo, and Tonawanda Street Corridor BOAs.


Mayor Brown has made it a priority to address Buffalo's industrial past, which has left a legacy of contaminated lands that need to be cleaned up prior to reuse. The BOA program helps communities prepare road maps for revitalizing these areas, and provides access to enhanced state tax credits to remediate contaminated parcels. The recent announcement of 1,000 new clean-tech jobs coming to the former Republic Steel site is a direct result of efforts made possible by the BOA program.


BOA plans are typically completed in three phases. The South Buffalo BOA has completed all three and is being submitted to the state for final approval. The Buffalo Harbor, Buffalo River Corridor, and Tonawanda Street Corridor BOAs are all in the second phase, and will be completed over the next few months.


The master plan for the Outer Harbor that the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation will be incorporated into the final Buffalo Harbor BOA plan, as well as similar site-specific efforts in the other two BOAs. In addition, the city will soon begin work on East Side brownfield planning, targeted to sites along the Delavan-Grider industrial corridor.


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