Erie Canalway Heritage Fund


Albany, NY

Key Contact

Don Naetzker Headshot
Donald Naetzker, RLA, AICP Director of Planning

Fisher Associates worked with the Matton Shipyard Preservation & Adaptive Reuse Planning & Feasibility Study laid the foundation for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (ECNHC) and its nonprofit partner, the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, Inc. The framework was crafted with a focus on preserving the historic infrastructure while implementing a sustainable program. Within this framework, the study provided a set of detailed recommendations and implementable strategies. These suggestions aimed to not only preserve the Shipyard’s rich history but also to enhance its role as a gateway to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Additionally, the study emphasized the establishment of a publicly accessible waterfront, contributing to a sense of pride at local, regional, and statewide levels. 

The success of the framework was underscored by meticulous planning, extensive public engagement, and collaboration with relevant agencies. It served as a comprehensive guide, offering implementable recommendations and strategies to re-establish the Shipyard as a significant waterfront gateway to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The emphasis on public accessibility and engagement reflected a commitment to community involvement and the broader cultural and historical significance of the project. 

To execute the study, a project team was assembled, comprising discipline experts with deep local knowledge and experience. Fisher Associates, serving as the prime consultant, played a crucial role in managing overall team performance. Their responsibilities encompassed tasks related to planning, survey, environmental assessment, and design, ensuring a holistic approach to addressing the challenges and requirements of this preservation and planning project. This collaborative effort aimed to integrate expertise across various domains, contributing to the comprehensive and effective implementation of the study’s recommendations. 

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