BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo's Outer Harbor is one step closer to getting some major improvements.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation affirmed the General Project Plan for the Buffalo Outer Harbor Civic and Land Use Improvement Project on Monday.

The project looks to improve more than 200 acres of land.

Renderings include increasing water and land access, and creating open space, public amenities, and an awareness of local history.

The goal is to get it done in phases over a 20-year span or as funding becomes available.

The total cost is estimated at $151 million.

The first phase is set to start by the end of this year.

It is being funded by the Buffalo Billion, ECHDC via the New York Power Authority, and federal sources.