Prior to opening bids for the sale of the J.N. Adams Developmental Center in Perrysburg, an assessment and environmental study was completed at the expense of all New York State taxpayers, of which the Buffalo Common Council was fully aware. For years, it has encouraged the state to sell the property. But when the deal was to close, the Council blocked the sale. Another assessment was ordered, also paid for by all state taxpayers, which resulted in a lower assessment than the first. Now the Council is seeking another full environmental study. Who will pay for this repeated action?
The state's taxpayers, not the city, have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for maintenance and security for the property since its closing in the early 1990s. How long is this going to take? The city should either assume all responsibility or pass it on to the private sector. Do the citizens of Buffalo realize the full burden they could be assuming if the city does not honor this sale, for property that's not even in the same county?