This responds to the Outer Harbor soliciting public input on development ideas. Another public meeting for input is planned for November, and in February 2019 on the preferred alternative.
How many times and at what cost does the public have to provide input on this? We have already spent over $700,000 in consulting fees with Perkins + Will in 2014. With multiple public meetings and numerous “sticky notes,” the public consensus was ignored until there was an outcry. The public consensus was open spaces, shoreline access and no dense housing clusters. Who wants condos at Times Beach?
The public’s voice was eventually heard then and the most recent zoning codes are mixed use in the Marina and Terminal B areas and open space in the 124-acre section from Wilkeson Pointe to Bell Slip.
There has been headway with the boat slip, paved bike and walking paths (although you might get run over by a biker), playground and sculpture. Of course, there are the evergreen trees that are not deer repellent and already look terrible across from Tifft.
What to do with Terminal B is the issue. Based on an Oct. 13, 2017, Buffalo News editorial, do you tear it down or spend millions rehabbing it? Rep. Brian Higgins suggested something like Chicago’s Navy Pier. Getting rough costs for multiple options for Terminal B use would be desirable for these public meetings as the desire for public access to open spaces remains constant for other areas.
And that leaves Terminal A.