Remainder of former Sabres arena site finds developer

Posted at 8:15 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 20:15:57-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The North Aud Block has found its developer in TY Lin International. Announced during todays ECDHC meeting, the former site of the Buffalo Sabres was left an empty pit when the old Buffalo Memorial Auditorium was demolished in 2009.

According to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, TY Lin has been hired for no more than $595,316, and will design, bid and provide construction management services for the development of the site. While no official plans are set, the ECHDC hopes it will include a mixed-use element to connect all of Canalside.

"It's going to be a mix of buildings, mix of streets and public spaces," Steve Ranalli, ECHDC President said, "to take what we have at Canalside and furhter that into the North Aud Block and block site and connect it to the rest of the city."

As of now, there are no plans for construction to begin in 2019 as they await the official plans.

Also at the ECDHC meeting was an approval for signage on the outside of the new Explore and More museum.

The exterior signage will be include in several locations around the exterior in addition to a large tricycle that will be located on the roof. All of this is believed to enhance the entrance experience of the museum.

Explore and more says they are eyeing a Spring opening for the museum.