Senator Jacobs on Canalside's Future

Jacobs: Development is important because....

Mike Baggerman
August 07, 2017 - 3:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Canalside continues to grow and there will be less open and green space in the future as part of the Master Plan for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

"(Canalside) is like a house," State Senator Chris Jacobs told WBEN. "You move in and after a while you figure out that one room is laid out better than another. I think the same thing is here. I think there needs to be recognition for green space."

Jacobs acknowledged that with good planning, there can be a good balance between development and green space.

ECHDC plans to add mixed-use development in some of the parcels of land over the next several years. Bars and restaurants could be placed at the base of a building with apartments hovering over the establishments.

"You have the aud block site that is clearly one we want to developed," Jacobs said. "We don't have that yet. We need to find the answer to that. I think you're also going to see stuff in the periphery happening. Canalside doesn't just have to be the impetus for things in Canalside. I think it also is such an amenity, you're going see other people want to be in proximity to it."

Even though there are those in the public who enjoy the green space, Jacobs explained that development is important because Canalside needs to be a "year-round" attraction.

"In particular the (Explore & More) Children's Museum will be a part of that," he said. "I think it's going to be a god-send for a parent in the middle of February on a snowy day, for something healthy and productive to do."

That museum along with the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park plus the Buffalo Heritage Carousel are expected to complete projects next year. The carousel will be restored and constructed on a parcel along the waterfront. The Naval Park is constructing a Hall of Honor, to celebrate the heroic actions made by Western New York Veterans.


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