BUFFALO – "First and foremost it's going to change the image of it -- Buffalo has had an old industrial working waterfront," Congressman Brian Higgins said.
Higgins is excited and proud to hear a vacant lot in South Buffalo that once served the steel industry is coming back stronger than ever. Congressman Higgins feels it's a sign a formula to bring life around the waterfront is working.
Involving removing barriers to public access and providing high quality space along the water's edge -- to enhance the desirability of the land that remains.
With all of the development around the waterfront as well as plans to turn Ohio Street into a tree-lined parkway for public access linking buffalo's inner and outer harbor -- it appears -- vacant lots like this one - now have big plans.
"Create the public access first, - then that's a basis from which the private sector takes an entrance in the property. And this is a good model and I think this can become a national model," Congressman Higgins said.
Congressman thinks this high tech job center will spur additional interest
"You have anchor institutions here on this campus. But you'll see subsequent to that other companies to support that. so the first iteration will be 800-850 jobs. But you could see several more coming."
But the 2 companies that the state has lured to Buffalo are start-up companies.
They haven't reached profitability yet. 2 on your side asked if there will be any accountability for them.
"Well, there will have to be perspective about what will go into this plant, what the vision is relative to profitability -- Buffalo and WNY has had too many of those announcements historically where big glitzy announcement and no follow through. I think this is very different."