Business and Labor Leaders Worried about Ganson Street Project

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM EDT


November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) A development group called Buffalo Riverworks has plans to build a $15 million dollar entertainment and recreation facility along Ganson Street.

The developers were hoping to get approval for phase one of the project which was the construction of two outdoor ice skating rinks.

It was hoped the rinks would be finished in time for the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament in February, but the project is facing strong opposition.

The general manager of the General Mills plant told the City of Buffalo planning board during a public hearing that mixing industrial and commercial traffic would be "very detrimental" to the Buffalo plant.

Union officials, who represent hundreds of workers at General Mills and ADM Milling Company, also voiced objections.

The planning board tabled the issue to allow time for all concerned parties to work with the developers through the Buffalo Niagara Partnership with hopes of finding a solution to the issues.