The rush of high-rise development along Buffalo's waterfront has prompted County Legislator Joan Bozer, R-Buffalo, to call for public access and design standards for all waterfront projects.
Concerned about the potential for creating a barrier between the waterfront and the rest of the city, Mrs. Bozer has asked the Horizons Waterfront Commission to develop guidelines for any future private and public construction.
She also wants Edward C. Cosgrove, the chairman of Horizons, to appear before the Legislature's Economic Development Committee to report on the group's efforts at developing design standards.
"The lack of design and public access standards may result in the kinds of planning mistakes experienced by other cities such as the development of a portion of Toronto's waterfront, which is known as the concrete canyon," Mrs. Bozer said.
Mrs. Bozer is the second public official to cite five new high-rise projects proposed at Waterfront Village in calling for waterfront design guidelines. Last week, Buffalo Council Member at Large Eugene M. Fahey called for a study into the development of height and other design standards.