BUFFALO, NY - There's a battle going on right now over a street in the Old First Ward of Buffalo.
General Mills wants to take over a section of South Michigan Avenue from Ganson Street down to the City Ship Canal. The company wants exclusive access to the street for employee parking and says almost no one else uses that street.
But neighbors say it's one of the only ways they can access the water in that area. And some local leaders in that area say the city needs to keep it public as a future link to Fuhrmann Boulevard on the south side of the river, providing direct access to the Outer Harbor and the Southtowns.The city's planning board, however, is in favor of granting General Mills control of the street,
Last week, a spokesperson for General Mills in Minneapolis emailed us this statement in response to questions from 2 On Your Side's Kelly Dudzik about the company's position on the planning board meeting and the nearby RiverWorks entertainment complex proposal:
"General Mills has been a part of the Buffalo waterfront for more than 100 years and we want to continue to support the vitality and prosperity of the Buffalo region, including the redevelopment of other areas like the Inner and Outer Harbor. We are concerned about the potential long-term impacts of industrial operations next to a busy entertainment venue in addition to the impact on traffic."