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Timeline: Development, milestones at HarborCenter

A look at the development of HarborCenter, the twin-rink hockey destination built by the Buffalo Sabres and connected to their arena in downtown Buffalo:

• Aug. 30, 2012: Sabres are selected to develop Webster Block in front of First Niagara Center. Plans call for $120-million two-rink facility with parking and hotel. Facility envisioned as hockey destination and will be home to Buffalo Junior Sabres program, and it will have Tim Hortons restaurant.

• Jan. 20, 2013: HarborCenter wins $37 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and Common Council approval to buy Webster Block for $2.2 million.

• Feb. 13, 2013: Construction begins, and cost estimates are bumped to $170 million.

• June 7, 2013; John Koelmel, former CEO of First Niagara Financial Group, is named president of HarborCenter project.

• July 30, 2013; Canisius College hockey program announces HarborCenter will be its new home rink.

• Oct. 3, 2013: HarborCenter declared one-quarter complete.

• Nov. 15, 2013: Concrete bridge poured between HarborCenter and First Niagara Center, making it only three-rink facility in NHL.

• Jan. 30, 2014: (716) Food & Sport announced as anchor restaurant in 13,000-square-foot, two-story space. Will feature 33-foot video screen.

• April 1, 2014: Tim Hortons CEO Marc Caira outlines plans for destination Tim Hortons restaurant with statue of Hockey Hall of Fame member Tim Horton.

• April 9, 2014: Erie Community College Kats hockey program announces its new home rink will be HarborCenter.

• May 29, 2014: HarborCenter lands two world championships: 2015 womens’s under-18 Jan. 5-12 and sled hockey April 24-May 2.

• June 26, 2014: Steel structure of six-story rink and parking complex is topped off.

• Aug. 18, 2014: HarborCenter lands 2015 NHL scouting combine in May, taking it from Toronto.

• Aug. 29, 2014: Plans announced for retail stores along Main Street side of facility.

• Oct. 11, 2014: Sabres land 2016 NHL entry draft.

• Oct. 30, 2014: Tim Hortons restaurant opens.

• Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Canisius College plays Ohio State University, parking ramp opens. Two youth tournaments play.

• Nov. 7, 2014: (716) Food & Sport restaurant and bar opens.

• Jan. 5-12, 2015: Women’s under-18 world championships held.

• March 24, 2015: Departure of President John Koelmel from organization announced.

• Late spring 2015: Red Siren, women’s fashion boutique, to open as first of four small retailers on one-floor mini-mall.

• Late summer 2015: Mariott Buffalo HarborCenter, 205-room hotel, scheduled to open.