What's Next for the Waterfront and Nearby?
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Last week, Gracious Living, a Canadian manufacturing company, announced plans to set up shop in the Port Terminal buildings on the Outer Harbor. Is this a sign of things to come?
"There's been ongoing interest," says Bob Gioia of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. "The recent announcement by the governor has really piqued that interest," referring to plans for a state park on Canalside. "The community's excited and so are folks around the nation to get engaged and involved in this resurgence of the waterfront." Gioia says there is a process that's community driven with consultants to find the best mixed use for the land.
Tom Kucharski of the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise says manufacturers are expressing interest. "A lot of this is matching up the site and the condition it's in, how fast the company wants to move, what kind of employees they want to hire, that's what we take into consideration when we propose a solution," explains Kucharski, who says this is not limited to the waterfront. "We've got our fingers crossed about a couple of manufacturers who want to be around a renaissance of urban areas," says Kucharski. To him, it's a matter of if we build it, they will come. "Companies understand we have a heritage of industrial workers and companies, and we also have the infrastructure to support having engineers, computer scientists, and young people that can fill these jobs that are more sophisticated than what we've had in the past," Kucharski notes.
No specifics have been given about who is interested.