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Access concerns raised over Michigan Avenue plan

Common Council members are expected to vote on a plan that would grant control of a portion of Michigan Avenue to General Mills. The issue has raised concerns over public access to the City Ship Canal.

"We want to impress on the Common Council that this would be a mistake that people would regret," said Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture.

Tielman says the street leads to the former site of South Michigan Avenue Bridge.

"There was, of course, a bridge there until 1964. The abutments are still there, the landing, if you will, is still there," Tielman explained.

We advocate, far from surrendering the land, rebuild the bridge. If not for cars, then for bicycles and pedestrians."

General Mills officials say the increased activity of waterfront visitors to the industrial area is creating problems. They say some have gotten lost and mistakenly driven onto plant property.


Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.