Higgins Gives Bass Pro Two Week Ultimatum

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 6:35 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 6:35 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins issued a letter to Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris and President Jim Hagale, asking the company to make a final decision on the lease agreement with Buffalo's Canal Side project in the next two weeks.

Discussions of Bass Pro becoming the centerpiece of the waterfront redevelopment project date back to 2001, and with demolition of the old Aud site, Congressman Higgins is urging the company to make a decision.

“Waterfront development in Buffalo and Western New York is well underway and it is because after decades of talk and plans we have moved into action,” said Congressman Higgins. “Great progress is visible, construction trucks and people are working, the public excitement is building and well over a hundred million dollars is available for economic development at the Inner Harbor alone. Bass Pro should certainly want to be a part of it and today we are calling on them to make that commitment.”

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