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Letter: The East Side can house new Amazon headquarters

The East Side can house new Amazon headquarters

Well, here we are. Opportunity knocks, Western New York – this time in the form of the second headquarters that Amazon is seeking to build in a strategically located city with a well-educated workforce. But are we as ready as we could be?

Amazon executives are said to be looking for a large, preferably inexpensive urban site well served by public transit. If they insisted on building from scratch on empty land, Buffalo’s East Side has it in abundance. On Broadway, for example, between downtown and Fillmore, many multi-acre lots where factories and commercial buildings once stood lie ripe for development.

But what an exciting option Central Terminal would make as well with its massive outbuildings and expansive grounds able to accommodate the company’s operations while management looks on from administrative offices in the fabulous art deco tower.

With Metro Rail extended eastward (mostly on existing railroad right-of-way) from its current terminus at Canalside to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Amazon HQ2 @ Central Terminal would be connected to downtown and the University at Buffalo in one direction and the airport in the other.

It would also sit directly on an intercity railroad network that could take its products and personnel in any direction, including Canada.

As our representatives pitch Buffalo to Amazon, this possibility ought to be offered, writ large.

What a chance to exploit this fortunate convergence of the best advantages Western New York has to offer, while growing our economy and building our long-awaited downtown-airport rapid transit connection.

Elizabeth Giles

Executive Board Member

Citizens for Regional Transit

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