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Greenbelt to be extended along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

An agreement was approved Monday to construct a multi-use path to connect the existing greenbelt, which ends at the former Pier restaurant, with Fuhrmann Boulevard on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.

Under the memorandum of understanding, between the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.’s board of directors and the state Department of Transportation, the DOT will design and construct a 12-foot paved pathway, with 10-foot-wide grass strips on each side. That extension will allow for continual public access to points north, including Wilkeson Point, Times Beach Nature Preserve and the Buffalo Lighthouse.

The maximum $145,000 project, which will be paid for with funds from the New York Power Authority relicensing agreement, also will include repaving the overlook area, and modifying and reconstructing an existing guardrail to further define the overlook space. Project completion is targeted for July 1.

In other business at its meeting Monday, the board approved a 10-month agreement with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for maintenance of the agency’s property on the Outer Harbor. The maximum $105,277 cost, also funded by the relicensing agreement, includes lawn mowing, trash collection and litter pickup.