Canalside Board Votes on New Plan

November 29, 2010 Updated Nov 29, 2010 at 10:07 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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November 29, 2010 Updated Nov 29, 2010 at 10:07 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Developers are scrapping their plans to bring a big-box retailer to Buffalo's waterfront.

Canalside is going back to the drawing board with a modified plan which includes a new design for the recreation of the historic terminus of the Erie Canal.

"And the truth is we listened to what we were hearing," said Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., Jordan Levy. "And the fact is we wondered why weren't the canals as authentic as they could be?"

Instead of separate waterways, the new vision calls for a more accurate replica of the original canal on the southern portion of the old Aud site.

"One contiguous canal, all the way to Pearl Street. And that's the way the canal was," said Levy.

The ECHDC unanimously approved the modified project plan, agreeing to halt construction on an underground parking ramp at the former site of Bass Pro.

The retailer pulled out of the project recently and Levy said big-box retail will not be part of the project's future.

"Canalside is no longer a big box retail project," said Levy.