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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > December 2010 > Mayor Brown Announces Public Canal Side Meetings

Mayor Brown Announces Public Canal Side Meetings

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
             (716) 851-4841 

Citizens Invited to Share Input for Canal Side Plans

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that two public meetings will be held to gather feedback from the general public for the development of Canal Side, one of the preeminent economic and cultural development projects in the City of Buffalo.

“It is crucial that we hear further from the public to identify the next steps for Canal Side and the future of Buffalo’s waterfront,” said Mayor Brown. “For this reason, I am announcing two public meetings to gather essential input from as broad a spectrum of the public as possible.”

Mayor Brown noted that in early September, the city successfully elicited 1,757 ideas from 856 people throughout the region through the Mayor’s online Canal Side Citizens Waterfront Forum. Those ideas helped to form the basis for the new direction announced Monday by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC). At the city’s urging, ECHDC is placing a renewed emphasis on public engagement for charting next steps for the downtown Buffalo waterfront.

The City of Buffalo and ECHDC have made significant strides since 2009 to allow access to the waterfront and prepare the site for significant private investment. These steps include:

  • Completed reconstruction of four historic cobblestone street sections:   Prime, Lloyd, Perry and Hanover
  • Asbestos abatement for pending refurbishment of the former Donovan State Office Building for mixed-use redevelopment
  • Demolition and site preparation at the former site of the Memorial Auditorium

“Job creation and economic development are top priorities for Buffalo residents,” added Mayor Brown. “We need to hear all voices to continue the process of developing Canal Side and Buffalo’s future.  I urge all citizens to attend.”

The two public meetings will be held on the East Side and West Side of Buffalo:

Tuesday, December 7th 5:30pm-7:30pm
Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library
1324 Jefferson Avenue

Wednesday, December 8th 5:30pm-7:30pm
The Belle Center
104 Maryland Street