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Buchheit seeks to move Queen City Landing 25 feet

Orchard Park businessman Gerald Buchheit has sought permission to shift his planned Queen City Landing waterfront project 25 feet to the north on his Outer Harbor property.

Buchheit has asked the Buffalo Planning Board for approval to modify his $85 million project by moving it to a spot farther from the water’s edge to make it easier to construct and allow for more greenspace.

No other changes are being proposed for the project. The Planning Board will consider the request on Dec. 19.

Queen City Landing, which calls for a 23-story apartment tower with 198 units, two restaurants, a pool and other features, is one of the largest and tallest new construction projects in the city in decades and the biggest on the Outer Harbor. That has made it a focus of preservationists, environmentalists and other critics who say it doesn’t belong on the waterfront.

The project was approved by the Planning Board in May, followed by the Common Council. Opponents tried to stop the project, through a pair of lawsuits, but the courts have so far rejected those efforts. An appeal is still pending.

Meanwhile, the former Freezer Queen building on the 20-acre parcel has already been demolished. Crews are now working to clean up the site before construction can begin in the spring. A formal groundbreaking is slated for April.

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