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Giving the people what they want

   A couple of dots to connect on from Wednesday's Business Today section:

- Council seeks guarantees on benefits of Canal Side - Brian Meyer/The Buffalo News
   The Common Council wants guarantees that the $294.8 million Canal Side project will produce specific Canalsidemockup community benefits before the city transfers more land for the development.
   Tuesday's unanimous vote calling for such assurances occurred shortly after advocacy groups held a news conference outside City Hall to push for a
Community Benefits Agreement. Supporters justified their stand by noting that more than half of the project is being financed with public funds.
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- Wegmans drops Clarence plans, will enlarge Amherst store - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News
   Wegmans is scrapping a controversial plan to relocate a Transit Road store from Amherst to Clarence and instead will expand at its current location.
   Though Wegmans has said its current location lacked room for expansion and was limited by its configuration and size, the company “has been approached” by plaza owner Benderson Development Co. with a workable plan to enlarge the 87,000-square-foot store at 8270 Transit, said spokeswoman Ann McCarthy.

   The suburban folks got what they wanted. The urban folks, well, that, as they say on TV, remains to be seen.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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