Queen City Landing to submit new PUD application

No approval yet from common council on Green Code variance

Mike Baggerman
January 14, 2020 - 4:21 pm
Queen City Landing Rendering

Queen City Landing Rendering

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Developers of the Queen City Landing project did not get the thumbs up yet from the Buffalo Common Council to begin construction of the 20-story building on the Outer Harbor.

A public hearing began Wednesday in one of the final steps the development group needs to begin construction on the project that would feature 200 apartments, two restaurants, and green space. Buffalo Common Council members did not vote on whether or not it would approve a green code variance for the project, which allows for new developments to surpass six stories in height.

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday tabled the development group's PUD (Planned Unit Development) request. The developers, led by Gerry Buchheit, will have to submit a new PUD application that needs to be more "beefed up", according to Councilman Chris Scanlon.

"The PUD application needs amending and take into consideration the entire peninsula," Scanlon said during a committee meeting Tuesday. "They have agreed to do that."

Opponents of the project continue to express concerns about how it fits into the Outer Harbor. They worry it will have a negative impact on the nearby Tifft Nature Preserve, natural habitat, and that the Queen City Landing project does not fit into the mold of the Outer Harbor.

The planning board will meet again on January 27. It is unknown at this time if Queen City Landing is on the agenda for that meeting. Developers of the project remain optimistic that they will break ground in the spring and have the development complete in two years.

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