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Groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday marked the beginning of construction on a new 1,000-space parking lot at Buffalo Niagara International Airport – Phase I of an $8.09 million improvement project to expand parking in the Long Term B area.
The additional spaces will expand the lot running along Holtz Drive north of Genesee Street. Once completed, the B lot will have 2,901 spaces, according to the project’s sponsors – the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
The agencies said the airport has been forced to lease off-site property to handle parking overflow during the holidays and spring break, and especially from Canadian customers who represent 47 percent of the airport’s long-term parkers.
The project represents the first stage of a $6.9 million award it received from the state’s regional council initiative, along with $1.2 million from the airport.