Seeking 'Shovel-Ready' Sites

Despite numerous vacant buildings and empty lots in downtown Buffalo, local developers and politicians insist that existing buildings must be knocked down to accomidate new and expanding businesses in the city.
August 8, 2003, 11am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"When a charter school wanted to move into the old AM&A's building in downtown Buffalo, a hue and cry went out from business executives and political leaders. We need to knock down that building to create a 'shovel-ready' development site for new or expanding business, they said.""The former department store was preserved at least in part so it could be knocked down to create that shovel-ready location. But no one is saying when that might occur.Mayor Anthony M. Masiello and County Executive Joel A. Giambra and their development staffs insist that in order to attract business, the city must have such sites.""Meanwhile, suburban and rural areas offer lots of green space. Much is at stake for Buffalo. Luring more business to the city, and thus generating more tax revenue, could help Buffalo out of its financial hole."

Thanks to Sam Gold

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Published on Monday, August 4, 2003 in The Buffalo News

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