Six scenarios for developing the 1,035 acres of Buffalo Harbor were explored Tuesday at a public forum in Herman Badillo School 76.
It was the first of three community forums scheduled this week for redeveloping Brownfield Opportunity Areas along the waterfronts of the outer harbor, inner harbor, the Buffalo River and Scajaquada Creek.
Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of Mayor Byron W. Brown's Office of Strategic Planning, explained to roughly 60 participants at the forum that the presentation of the various development scenarios are part of a state Department of State development process.
Three separate alternative scenarios were presented Tuesday for the northern and southern portions of the harbor. The first one for the north harbor calls for an expanded Canalside and Cobblestone district, which could include ferry service to the outer harbor and additional marina uses along the City Ship Canal.
The second scenario for the north harbor calls for an expanded entertainment district, possibly with new waterfront housing along Marine Drive and community attractions, while the third proposes development of a land and waterside entertainment district.
The first scenario for redeveloping the south harbor proposes an environmental innovation park. A legacy park is presented under the second scenario, and a new waterfront city under the third. A community forum on development plans for the Buffalo River is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight in the Old First Ward Community Center. The third forum, on the Tonawanda Creek Corridor, is set for Thursday in Riverside High School.