A task force that wants the University at Buffalo and the West Side Rowing Club to locate adjoining boathouses for their racing shells on the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda, outlined a plan Tuesday night.
Paul P. Reidenouer, president of the North Tonawanda Common Council and Fourth Ward alderman, said at a meeting he arranged in City Hall that the task force wants to combine efforts with the Nor-Ton Red Jacket Club in its UB Rowing Center proposal.
Members of the Red Jacket Club attending the meeting said their board of directors would consider the city's proposal at their October meeting.
The Red Jacket Club leases Miller Park on the canal bank from the state.
The task force's five-year goal is to have the park designated as the site of a Frank Lloyd Wright designed boathouse constructed at the location.
The boathouse was designed in 1905 by the famed architect for the University of Wisconsin at Madison, but was never built. Promoting the new North Tonawanda Task Force plan, along with Reidenouer, is David Burgio, president of North Tonawanda Project Pride, and Rae Proefrock, of the Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier, a member of the Task Force.
Coupled with UB, which has expressed interest in expanding its team rowing program, is the West Side Rowing Club, located on the Black Rock Channel of the Niagara River near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.
The West Side Club is running out of space. The club is considering building a new boathouse on the channel.
However, the North Tonawanda task force believes that the Erie Canal site in North Tonawanda offers "the best water conditions for rowing in Western New York and the best accessibility for the UB North campus, only four miles away.