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Niagara Falls looking to revive industrial corridor

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A city planner is reviewing options for 1,800 acres of vacant, contaminated land in Niagara Falls. The Buffalo Avenue Corridor was once the heart of the city's industry.


The city had Labella Associates start planning for the land in 2008, work which pretty much went away when the economy did. Now, things are a little better and the city wants suggestion on what to do with the large swath of Niagara Falls.

Last night, a public meeting in the Community Education Center looked at some possibilities.

City Acting Director of Planning and Community Development Thomas Desantis says a key question is the future of industry.

"Does the infrastructure that we have, is that enough to encourage someone to invest like Greenpac Mills did? Is that enough to entice new investment and new employment in the corridor," Desantis said.

"We just have to answer that question because if it isn't, then just us sitting around doing nothing, waiting for someone to show up and make that investment and create that employment is just not going to happen."

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Several interested parties attended Tuesday night's meeting at the Community Education Center in Niagara Falls.

If there is less possible industrial investment, that might lead to land being used for other purposes,office buildings or hotels.

A basic change in the plan calls for more access to the city's waterfront by extending streets over or under the Robert Moses Parkway from the Buffalo Avenue Corridor.

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.