BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Reaction to Bass Pro's big decision is pouring in from allsides. Local leaders have started insinuating where the blamelies.
Bass Pro says there are numerous critical reasons for theirpositions, including the fact that several major remain unresolved,a recent lawsuit is sure to be one of them. Another one of them isthe Common Council's recent delay of a vote to transfer otherwaterfront land to the Erie Canal Harbor DevelopmentCorporation.
To that, Mayor Byron Brown says, "This is inexcusable and anexample of a few obstructionists persuading members of the CommonCouncil to stop progress."
Common Council Majority Leader Rich Fontana makes no apologiesfor a two week delay on a land transfer, but Friday he says he wassuddenly pressured by local business leaders to transfer theWebster block of land to satisfy HSBC expansion. The Webster blockis the same piece of land that the Erie Canal Harbor DevelopmentCorporation wanted for the Bass Pro deal.
"Stated that their downtown plans with the tower and with theWebster block revolve around our vote happening soon, so that's aconcern to me as a businessman in Buffalo. I need to keep HSBC indowntown Buffalo, and do everything we can do. Now if that's notthe case, HSBC has to come forward and tell me that's not the case,otherwise I'm not going to push for the vote," said Fontana.
Just to make it clear, it doesn't appear that HSBC has anythingto do with why Bass Pro is not coming to town. But now that it wasmade clear that Bass Pro wasn't coming, business leaders have madeit very clear to Fontana that HSBC is very interested in theWebster block. And the Webster block is the parking lot directly infront of HSBC Arena that HSBC apparently wants for its expansion inthe future in downtown Buffalo.
Fontana is trying to call a special meeting for next Wednesdayto try and get that Webster block to the Erie Canal HarborDevelopment Corporation to possibly deal over to HSBC.
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