played in the development of the United States. At this point, this is a concept in the early stages of development,and will require more research and review before we consider moving forward with it.I have attached some recent articles from the
Buffalo Business First
that provideadditional information on the strides that we are taking to make our waterfront the true destination that weknow it can be. Please feel free to share this letter and these articles with your friends and family, and if youwould like to keep up to date on the latest news on Canalside, I encourage you to become a fan of ECHDC onFacebook, and to follow us onTwitter. 2012 is going to be a great year for Western New York.
Respectfully,Thomas P. DeePresident, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
The Buffalo News
Exciting times on the waterfrontAfter years of nothing but talk, progress being made at CanalsideNews Editorial BoardJanuary 11, 2012http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial-page/buffalo-news-editorials/article704933.ece Full steam ahead: That appears to be the operating philosophy of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. as itlets contracts and otherwise moves briskly forward on sweeping plans for Buffalos long-neglected waterfront.This is an exciting time in Buffalo for a number of reasons developments at the Buffalo Niagara MedicalCampus, the arrival of Say Yes to Education, revival of the downtown housing marketbut none is longer soughtor more critical to Buffalos prospects than turning the citys waterfront into a destination for residents andvisitors alike.Buffalos lakefront has been a squandered resource for decades. Its an obvious location for recreation, housingand retail business, yet it has lain dormant, unused for lack of plans, lack of funds and lack of will. That changedwhen Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, wrestled $100 million from the New York State Power Authority during its2007 relicensing.Although the city spent years fruitlessly pursuing Bass Pro Shops as a waterfront anchor, the union was neverconsummated. Higgins finally pulled the plug by issuing Bass Pro an ultimatum and, with that, the company wasgiven the exit it seemed to crave.Under the circumstances, it was the best thing that could have happened. Once the decks were clear of thesporting goods super store, planning turned to a lighter, quicker, cheaper philosophy. It was like lighting a fuse.Enough work was completed by last year that the free Thursday at the Square concert series was moved to thewaterfront. Dozens of brightly colored Adirondack chairs dubbed Buffalo sunset chairswere stationed at theCentral Wharf. Clintons Dish, a small eatery, opened at Canalside. The area became a magnet for people.