BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A crew from Montreal tested a new illumination system on a grain elevator near Gallagher Beach Tuesday night.
The huge electric mural could be a new attraction on Buffalo's outer harbor.
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation President Thomas Dee said, "Tonight what we're doing is part of the master plan to demonstrate and let us know about a possible end product might look like."
The demonstration is part of a vision that urban planners have to create excitement for the renaissance that is taking shape on both the inner canal and outer harbor.
Sam Hoyt of the Empire Development Corporation said, "It's going to give us a taste of what's to come and what's to come I think is going to be internationally recognized. I believe that it's going to put Buffalo on the map, celebrating our industrial past."
Lighting up the grain silos on Buffalo's waterfront not only reflects on our rich industrial past, but officials hope it will attract more people to the waterfront. Similar projects have been a huge success in other cities, including the Image in Quebec, which attracts up to 300,000 people each year.
Events at Canalside this past summer attracted more than 600,000 people to the waterfront. All of this seen as a momentum builder for the long dormant waterfront.
Rep. Brian Higgins said, "We're learning to take our industrial past and use it as a canvas for public art. People have been asking for decades what are you going to do with the grain elevators; we'll re-use it as canvass for public art."
The ECHDC is waiting to see the cost of the light system before making a final decision.
There is a hearing Thursday in Buffalo about the use of medical marijuana. So far 20 states and Washington D.C. allow it.
Common Core, a new wave of educational standards now being implemented across the country, is causing controversy across the nation, and took center stage in Jamestown Wednesday evening.
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, a local school district is now banning a popular sweet treat.
BJ's Wholesale Club put out an advertisement offering a full week of Black Friday bargains, including deep discounts on big screen TVs that would save customers hundreds of dollars.
This year, some local students are getting out their pens and paper to make sure other children have a happy holiday this year.
Crews will also be out dredging the Buffalo River on Thursday. They'll be in the city ship canal area.