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DON'T LET ZOO GOBBLE UP CRANDALL DRIVE PARCEL

Just because the Buffalo Zoo isn't going to relocate on the waterfront does not mean that it is open season on the eight acres of forested land north of the zoo between Crandall Drive and Amherst Street, located between Parkside and Colvin avenues.

The purported survey done by the Committee to Keep the Zoo in Delaware Park showed "many elected officials" supporting expansion into this eight-acre forest. Obviously, the committee did not survey the residents of Amherst Street, who face this lovely area, because it is their front-yard view. None of those "elected officials" live on Amherst Street.

In 1998, six houses were purchased on this block -- one of them by us -- which is a testament of our belief in Buffalo and our desire to continue to live in the city. Having the trees across from our house was definitely a unique selling point. In addition, this area has a playground and a picnic area frequently used by children and families.

Please do not assume that the Crandall Drive-Amherst Street land is a guaranteed expansion area. Although we are members of the Zoological Society and the Parkside Community Association, we oppose any attempt to expand into this beautiful green space.

DEANNE PLONKA

NELSON MONTGOMERY

Buffalo

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