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Planning Board supports Heritage Point project, carousel building at Canalside

Developer Nick Sinatra's planned $21 million Canalside project and a new $5.3 million roundhouse building for a historic waterfront carousel are poised for final approvals later this month, after the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday night gave its assent to the designs that were already developed in conjunction with the state.

The panel recommended approval by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. of Sinatra's Heritage Point project, consisting of two six-story buildings, with ground-floor retail and restaurants, one floor of office space and 61 apartments. That will be located on the South Aud Block, along Marine Drive, and should be finished by 2021, officials said.

The board similarly backed approval for the Buffalo Heritage Carousel, a large octagonal-shaped one-story building next to Clinton's Dish that will house a restored 1924 carousel. It's expected to open by July 2020.

In other matters during the short 39-minute meeting, the Board:

• Encouraged the Common Council to approve the $68,000 sale of air rights over part of Main Street to Seneca One tower owner Douglas Jemal, to build a 60-foot-long footbridge 21 feet above the Metro Rail train tracks.

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