Moving Forward with Buffalo's Waterfront

September 14, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 14, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - At Monday's meeting of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown presented a list of ideas submitted by area residents on what should replace Bass Pro as the anchor tenant at Canal Side.

Surprisingly, ECHDC Vice Chair Larry Quinn presented the idea to revisit Bass Pro, an idea that Mayor Brown said could bring frustration to residents should the sporting goods outlet continue drag its feet.

In a press conference Tuesday, Congressman Brian Higgins said Bass Pro is not going to happen. While that news is not new, he did present his plan to move things forward along Buffalo's waterfront, a plan that he submitted to the ECHDC when Bass Pro officially withdrew from consideration back in July.

The plan focuses heavily on building out the public components of the existing Inner Harbor plans while expanding waterfront opportunities at the Outer Harbor.

The plan calls for:

- Construction of Canals and Canal Side Hall providing a market place for local small business.
- Build out of the South Basin providing dock space and new shoreline features.
- Support for converting the DL&W into a cultural destination.
- A long-term contract for Buffalo Place to continue the public events that draw people to the waterfront.
- Seed money to attract the necessary funds for construction of the Buffalo Harbor Bridge connecting the Inner and Outer Harbors.
- Infrastructure improvements to make residential living possible along the Outer Harbor.
- Support for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to maintain landscape features along the Outer Harbor.
- Gallagher Beach improvements including additional paths and the creation of a sandy swimming beach.
- An open and competitive development process.

The ECHDC will begin moving forward on bids for construction on Canal Side next week.

Read Congressman Higgins' full plan at his website here.