BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown issued the following statement todayafter the news that Bass Pro will not be coming to Buffalo.
Mayor Byron W. Brown
June 30, 2010
Re: Bass Pro Decision
I was disappointed to hear today directly from Bass ProPresident Jim Hagel that among other things the CommonCouncil’s inaction over my plan to sell city land tostrengthen waterfront and neighborhood economic development was onereason why Bass Pro will not open a store on Buffalo’swaterfront.
This decision means that over 3,000 construction and retail jobsfor residents of our city and region are threatened with the lossof this anchor tenant.
This is inexcusable and an example of a few obstructionistspersuading members of the Common Council to stop progress –both along the waterfront and in our neighborhood commercialdistricts.
There are still thousands of other jobs that now hang in thebalance on our waterfront and I call on the Common Council to holda meeting next week to vote on the community development agreementI presented to them early last week. I am pleased that Councilmajority leader Richard Fontana has agreed to organize the meeting.
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