I’m writing you this letter in regards to what I believe is one of the most outstanding projects to be proposed for the Western New York region in the last 50 years. This project will become the magnet of such a diverse scope of economic opportunity that I believe that Western New York will be declared a hot bed of development an opportunity.
The Project that I’m referring to is the Outer Harbor Stadium Complex proposal being put forth by the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex, and HKS Inc. one of the world leaders in building design whose portfolio includes the new Multi use Dallas, and Indianapolis Stadiums. These year round facilities were the host of two out of the last three Super Bowls and by the way the economic impact of just that one event was more than $400 million dollars on each economy.
The unique designs of these facilities plus a track record of meeting major sports facilities requirements makes this a project that is deserving of our due diligence. This process will require many of you to subdue your preconceived passions, and at least give this private investment project the courtesy of due diligence.
The proposed site that the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex, and HKS seek to develop is the Outer Harbor Land Site and is currently listed as a hazardous Brownfield waiting to be cleaned up for this type of development. By the way the taxpayer cost for this type of development clean up is around 6.8 million dollars as compared to a total park like setting clean up which would cost around 268 Million dollars.
In closing we are asking all citizens to come out and demand that the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. respect the overwhelming support that has been exhibited for the Outer Harbor Stadium Complex Proposal, and grant a land option to the GBSEC/HKS Inc. for the building of a new Stadium Complex equipped with a New covered multi-use stadium, convention center, hotel, retail space, and a one of a kind History of Sport Museum operated by the world renown Strong Museum of Rochester. All of this in an environmentally friendly park like setting.
The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is sponsoring a series of forums on how the Public would like to see the Outer Harbor Land Site developed. Please come out and tell them you support the Outer Harbor Stadium Complex Proposal by GBSEC/HKS Inc. The Forums will occur on:
July 9, 2014 at the WNED Studios 5:30PM-7:30 PM
July 10, 2014 at the Makowski Early Childhood Center 5:30PM-7:30PM
July 12, 2014 at the Old First Ward Community Center 9AM- 11AM
Please Start Calling the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., and tell them you support the Outer Harbor Stadium Complex Proposal by GBSEC/HKS Inc.
Fax# (716) 846-8262
Patrick H. Freeman Sports Director of Mix 1080AM WUFO radio
Cc: Governor Andrew Cuomo
Senator Charles Schumer
Mayor Byron Brown
Buffalo Common Council
Erie County Legislature
Citizens of New York State
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