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Three Canalside projects share in $1.5 million from state

Three Canalside projects will each receive $500,000 in state grants.

The money will be used for the Explore & More Children's Museum under construction, the planned Buffalo Heritage Carousel and expansion of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.

“It’s my belief that with these three attractions we’ll make this more of a year-round destination, not just a summer destination,” said State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, who announced the grants.

Explore & More and the Buffalo Heritage Carousel project are engaged in fundraising campaigns.

The grants come as request for proposals have gone out for two parcels near the children's museum, adding to the expected changes coming to the popular waterfront site.

“These really are three very significant projects that are sort of the next phase of activity," Jacobs said.

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