More and more I begin to realize that the Waterfront Pavilion project will be a major mistake for the city for the following reasons:
A quiet, pleasant, park-like atmosphere will become busy, noisy and congested. The Erie Basin Marina attracts people because of its location and beautiful surroundings. It is crowded in the summer. Why do we want a mall there? What will it add?
With projects such as the Central Terminal on the East Side and the Trico plant on Main Street potentially creating new shopping centers, do we need a mall on the waterfront? The Terminal and Trico projects will attract people to areas not now frequented by many people. These project should be nursed to fruition. The Erie Basin Marina needs no new attraction. It is already a winner. In addition, Buffalo Place and the Elmwood strip also need assistance, not competition, as they slowly but naturally grow in retail importance.
In conclusion, we have a beautiful waterfront that will attract thousands due to its location alone. Let's not debase it with concrete, steel and glass. There are other areas of the city that greatly need the development.