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Webster Block decision delayed

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The City of Buffalo's plan to announce a developer for the Webster Block near the First Niagara Center is being postponed.

The decision was originally scheduled to be made by August 15,  but the city is continuing to review the two proposals -- one from the Buffalo Sabres, and the other by Carl Paladino. 

Common Council president Richard Fontana tells WBFO & AM-970 News Mayor Byron Brown decided to announce the design plan when the council returns from its summer recess in early September.

"I have no problem taking a few more weeks to look at the issue," Fontana said.

Common Council approval for sale of the Webster Block land is required. 

"I've actually heard good things about both proposals," Fontana said. "Both proposals are strong and, maybe, if we do a mix of both to get something done down there, you can hit the ball out of the park."