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City Hallways (Nov. 18) Giant Ganson Street silo sign nixed by city

That would be a very big sign

The plan was for a giant, multi-colored LED advertising sign, mounted on an abandoned grain elevator silo on Ganson Street.

The applicant, Doug Swift, who developed the nearby RiverWorks entertainment complex, was proposing to use revenue generated from the colorful advertising sign to maintain and restore the abandoned silo. Community service announcements could appear on the sign free of charge.

The sign wouldn't significantly expand beyond the silo's dimensions, but would be 70 feet by 90 feet in size.

That's big. It needed Zoning Board approval.

The Zoning Board, I'm told, wasn't real keen on the giant sign when it first came up a few months back, and tabled the request, giving Swift a chance to perhaps modify the design.

The next time the item came up for a vote, the applicant didn't attend the meeting so the sign was again tabled.

It came up again at Wednesday's Zoning Board meeting.

There were people at the meeting, I'm told, who opposed the sign.

But the applicant was again a no-show.

The Zoning Board unanimously rejected the sign.

Art World

An Art in Public Places committee is being set up for the Northland Corridor redevelopment project.

Here's who is on the committee:

  • Gail Wells from the Buffalo Arts Commission
  • Thomas Chestnut from the Buffalo Arts Commission
  • William Gillison, pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church
  • Dwayne Gillison Sr., assistant to the pastor, Mount Olive Baptist Church
  • Beverly Y. Crowell, president Northland Beltline Taxpayers Association
  • Peter M. Cammarata, president Buffalo Urban Development Corp.
  • David A. Stebbins, executive vice-president of the Buffalo Urban Development Corp.


Today's Calendar items

Mayor Brown is attending an anti-cyber bullying event this morning.

Community notice (I think I'll make this a regular Friday feature, picking one weekend event per week)

Have any papers you want to shred, or old bikes or clothing you want to give away?

A community shredding and recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Main-Bailey parking lot at the University at Buffalo's South Campus.

There's a maximum of five boxes of paper to be shredded per vehicle.

GObike will be there accepting bicycles in any condition.

The Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods will be there accepting clothing and other textiles, such as sheets and blankets, including worn and torn items.

For more information: go to or call 851-4890 or the City of Buffalo's 311 line.

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