BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - As Buffalonians get wind that Bass Pro is no longer coming tothe Canal Side, they're also getting ideas about what could work inits place.
Sally Sams of Cheektowaga said, "I think they need something forthe whole public like Ikea."
"Maybe some boutique type shops," added another resident.
Steve Marcel of Grand Island said, "Why not really takeadvantage of the great water front. Why not more entertainment forboaters more of an attraction so people come here."
Maybe the sporting goods store never really seemed like a goodfit for the Queen City. Representatives from Bass Pro say publicopinions weren't all that welcoming.
Eric Recoon of Benderson Development said, "Bass Pro is aprivate company. They're frankly not accustomed to all thisnegativity. The negativity here became very toxic."
Here's what some of you had to say on our News 4 Facebook Page:
John writes: "I say they make it into a bunch of restaurantsand stuff, fun for all ages you know?"
Corey says:"In ten years we will still be looking at an emptylot. No one wants to come here because of too many stupidpoliticians and too many groups who file lawsuits over every littlething.
One question still remains, will the 35 millions dollars inpublic resources stay committed to building up the canal side?"
Saturday morning News 4 spoke to Democrat Assemblyman Sam Hoyt.He says ideally he will meet with Gov. Paterson to make sure thatmoney stays here in Buffalo.
Western New Yorkers are just eager to move forward.
Sally Sams of Cheektowaga said, "Just get over it, Buffalo needsto do something on the waterfront."
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