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Governor Confirms Bass Pro to Locate on Aud Site

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – Governor Eliot Spitzer joined development officials Wednesday in Buffalo to unveil what they say is a bigger and better Bass Pro deal. The latest plan, which has not yet been signed, calls for a mega-store to be built on the old Memorial Auditorium site.

The Aud will be demolished to make way for the 500,000 square foot mixed-use development, including hotel, retail and office space. The new plan also would re-water forgotten portions of the canal and integrate Main Street into the design.

The Harbor Development Corporation will vote on the plan next Tuesday. An environmental review must also be completed before papers are signed. But Spitzer says the project will happen.

The waterfront plan capped off a slate of projects Spitzer announced for Buffalo, including the renovation of the Dulski Federal Building. The visit was a kick-off for Spitzer's "city-by-city" economic development plan for upstate.

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