BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Planners have laid out their vision for the new Buffalowaterfront. The public was given a chance to reply.
The Waterfront Development Project is in the public phase rightnow. The principals of the project gave an update and then businessleaders and residents gave their input.
Tour operator Mike Conboy said, "There really is no planning fortourism attractions such as galleries or museums which can beutilized year round."
"I'm still optimistic about it and I believe it will help me andmy business 100 percent, said business owner Terrence Gidney.
Local historians don't want to see the Central Terminalforgotten.
Hank Olejniczak of the Central Terminal Restoration Committeesaid, "Our building offers 500,000 square feet that could easilymanage whatever you want to put in there, office, retail,manufacturing."
The message to the public is this: the money, the vision and theleadership are all in place for Waterfront Development. Publicfunds are secured from federal stimulus dollars and the PowerAuthority settlement and the Canalside Project moves forward.
"So the decision making for Buffalo Waterfront Development hasbeen taken out of Albany, Washington and put in the hands of peoplefrom the local community," said Representative Brian Higgins.
A big public concern is getting retail down at canalside. ErieCanal Harbor Development Corporation President Thomas Dee saysthey've talked to some 200 eager businesses.
"The first question we get from any vendor we talk to is, "Howdo we know we're going to be successful?" and nobody's going toinvest money in a project unless they see things happen," saidDee.
And progress, he says, is happening with infrastructure workthis spring and actual construction work in late summer. Look forfull scale retail in two years.
NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has obtained a court order to prevent a Buffalo woman from ever selling puppies again.
A 24-year-old man being sought after his mother and brother were found dead in their Lehigh Acres, Florida home may be heading to Buffalo.
Around 5 p.m. on Thursday near the corner of Model City Road and Rt. 104, police say 84-year-old Jose Martinez was hit by a car driven by 82-year-old Maura Nolan. Both are residents of Lewiston.
Intense Lk Snow North early heads back to Ski Country Late; General Snow Saturday
It appears snowy weather scared off about half the crowd expected at Thursday night's Common Core forum at WNED TV studios in Buffalo.
GingerBread Lane, a 300-square-foot village made entirely of edible gingerbread, icing and candy, has been designated world's largest gingerbread village by Guinness World Records.