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Canisius College students’ research shapes Erie County Legislature resolution


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oneilj - Posted on 26 March 2013

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, a professor at Canisius College, has utilized the information gathered by a team of Canisius College students from his Public Administration class to propose a resolution that calls for a 12-month land option on the NFTA’s property in the Buffalo Outer Harbor to allow the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex to explore the possibility of developing a downtown stadium.


The students, Team Leader Olivia Hill, and Thomas Khansari, Stephanie McGrath, Marissa Pietras and Kevin Pope, held a press conference on March 26, 2013 at the Legislature to announce and discuss their proposal.


“We were given the task of researching the proposed Buffalo waterfront stadium and reaching a conclusion regarding whether or not this stadium should receive public support. Although we are skeptical about parts of the proposal, we have agreed that the group proposing this stadium, Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex, LLC, should be granted a nine to 12 month option on the land currently held by the NFTA for further investigation and development,” Hill said.


The group noted that the waterfront has been unused land for years and this stadium could start the revitalization process this city has for so long been looking for. 


“Although there is work that still needs to be done in the development of this project, as a group we believe the potential outcome merits more inquiry and the land option granted to GSBEC,” Hill concluded.


Legislator Hardwick compiled the students’ report into a resolution that he will submit before the Legislature at its Thursday, April 11 session. The resolution calls for GSBEC to be allowed to obtain the land option from the NFTA for exploration and development of a downtown stadium.


“This was a unique class project and I am extremely proud of the work of my students. There is certainly an upside to the GSBEC’s proposal and if we were able to turn the corner this could be big. By allowing the land option, we would have answers to the many lingering questions within a year and have a better understanding to move forward,” said Legislator Hardwick.


For additional information, please contact Legislator Hardwick at 858-8672 or via email at kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.