This morning I went out to dig my car out a little. It’s still nowhere near drivable — which is fine, since my area of Buffalo is still under a driving ban — but at least now it’s recognizable as a car and not just a mound of snow to any plowdriver going down the street.
A major announcement was made last week for the development of a $40 million mixed-use project along the Buffalo River to be called Buffalo RiverWorks. The $15 million phase I of the project will include restaurants, a brewery, a beer garden, a rooftop bar, recreational boating, a sand beach, a 5,000 capacity year-round venue for concerts and sports, and seasonal outdoor ice rinks for adult amateur hockey. It is already decided to be the location for the 2014 Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament ensuring the event will occur regardless of the weather.
Phase II would include a $25 million 100 room hotel that would be incorporated into the historic silo complex. One developer, Doug Swift, claims, “The whole area is going to change in the next 10 years.” This statement is likely true as $75 million has gone to clean up the Buffalo River; neighboring Silo City continues to grow with repeated successful events; and nearby Ohio Street is getting an $11.3 million conversion to a parkway connecting the burgeoning inner and outer harbors.