Members of the public are being asked to provide their opinions on what they think Buffalo’s waterfront should look like at a forum being held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 20 at the Cornell ILR School in Buffalo.
Monday’s forum is the first in a series of community meetings being planned to get public input about Buffalo’s waterfront. According to an article on the BuffaloFirst.org’s website, the results of the meetings will be used to create a plan that, “uses taxpayer dollars wisely, creates quality jobs, and respects the unique environmental, economic, and social concerns of the city.”
The article goes on to state that the organizations sponsoring the forum believe that “a Community Benefits Agreement (should) be a part of any development that takes place at public expense at Erie Canal Harbor,” and that a, “Community Benefits Agreement would ensure that public money is spent wisely and establishes principles for how economic development should work. “
The forum is being sponsored by the Canal Side Community Alliance and plaintiffs in the Goldman v Bass Pro lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in State Supreme Court on July 27 to stop state development agencies from subsidizing a Bass Pro Shop on Buffalo’s waterfront. On July 31, Jim Hagale, president of the company that owns bass Pro, sent a letter to Rep. Brian Higgins stating that the retailer was putting an end to any plans to build a Bass Pro store on Buffalo’s waterfront. Prior to that, talks involving bringing the retailer to Buffalo’s waterfront started in 2001.