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BUDC to Host Second RiverBend Public Meeting

The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) along with its partners, the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning, City of Buffalo and a consultant team led by Sasaki Associates is hosting its second public information meeting to discuss the preparation of the RiverBend Development Plan. The meeting will be held on Wednesday March 9, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Emerald Ballroom at the Buffalo Irish Center, which is located at 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220.

This meeting will include a brief overview of the previously held public meeting. A presentation will be given, which will provide an update on the progress of the project, including potential land use plans, preliminary results of a market study and overall opportunities for the future of the RiverBend site. A discussion and Q & A session will follow the presentation.

The RiverBend Development Plan is a component of the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Step 3 Implementation Strategy, which is being prepared in the context of the land use and development recommendations made in the South Buffalo BOA Master Plan, found in the Step 2 Nomination Document. Preparation of the Development Plan is being funded by the New York State Department of State and National Grid.

BUDC has set forth goals for the site, including: to become a model for sustainable development, to foster long-term economic growth by leveraging the assets of the site and region, to apply place-making principals to create special public spaces and a new community on the banks of the Buffalo River, to achieve the vision of the South Buffalo BOA Master Plan in a manner that will minimize harmful impacts to the environment as well as foster the on-going remediation and environmental restoration of the Buffalo River.

For more information, please visit www.buffalourbandevelopment.com or contact David Stebbins, BUDC Vice President, at (716) 856-6525 ext. 114.

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