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OP-ED Outer Harbor Offers Opportunities by Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes Peop les-Stokes
Over the past few weeks I have participated in many discussions on the future use of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. I understand and support the position of many elected officials and the Common Council that we should conduct co nduct careful due diligence in consideration consideration of the private developer developer proposal to build a multi-purpose sports, entertainment, conference and cultural experience there. The Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex, LLC (GBSEC) is seeking a nine to twelve month land option for exploration and development of their proposed downtown waterfront stadium. In addition to the stadium and designed publicly accessible green space, plans call for a conference center and hotel, and the creation of the country’s first Museum of Sports & Competition in partnership with Rochester’s Strong Museum. These amenities will serve as year round tourist attractions and regional draws. Together with other members of the WNY State Delegation, we recently conducted a Q & A with the developer’s design consultants, HKS of Dallas. We heard their reasons for believing this site can be one of the best they have ever worked on – and that they can integrate significant green space and parkland in the plan. This NFTA-owned land parcel is comprised of over 400 acres. The developer is asking for approximately 150 acres and has already presented a master site plan with significant parkland and complete, enhanced waterfront access. The simple truth is that this parcel presents an opportunity to have a privately funded park and new economic development. Stakeholders and decision-makers, please start working together to achieve this. We are at one of those pivotal points where reason and cooperation can be as important as ideas and funding. The prospect of thousands of new construction, hospitality and service jobs are on the line. Let’s get it done right the first time. Don’t miss yet another Super Bowl Extra Point.