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Sabres paying to green waterfront land

Mayor Byron Brown says three city-owner parcels will be "greened."
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Mayor Byron Brown says three city-owner parcels will be "greened."

The greening of the downtown waterfront is about to be enhanced thanks to the Buffalo Sabres.

Mayor Byron Brown met with reporters at Main Street and Marine Drive beneath the Skyway Tuesday to announce that the Sabres organization is picking up the $120,000 tab for enhancements and landscaping at  unfinished parcels at the Central Wharf, near First Niagara Center.

The project will include the installation 90,000 square feet of new sod. The land is already being cleared and cleaned and existing fences and barriers will be removed to allow for greater public access.

"This is a very significant contribution to what's happening down here. The area that is going to be greened is three city-owned parcels. We are very appreciative of this donation to the community by the Buffalo Sabres," Brown said.

In making the announcement, Mayor Brown was joined by Streets Commissioner Steve Stepniak, Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation President Thomas Dee, and members of the Sabres' front office.