Buffalo’s progress seen in changing city skyline

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — From above, it’s evident the city skyline is changing. Climbing to the top of City Hall and doing a round at the observation deck, cranes and construction crews are noticeable.

At the ground level, cones and closed lanes designate the progress.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Sara Gustafson, a born and raised Buffalonians. “You’re seeing a lot of changes, a lot of growth.”

Growth that residents hope will create jobs, bringing and keeping people to the city.

The mayor says signs of progress show people are realizing the city’s potential. On Tuesday, a groundbreaking took place at a longtime landmark where, just seven months ago, the ground was shaking.

“I think this process shows there’s great development interest,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “This process shows developers can get projects done in this community.”

The project the mayor is talking about is the $41 million dollar Canterbury Woods complex, a 6-story, 53-unit assisted living area being constructed at the former Millard Fillmore Gates hospital site.

“These are the folks that have been a part of Buffalo for generations,” said Rob Wallace, a planning member for the Canterbury Woods project.  “They are still vibrant to the city of Buffalo and want to be part of the evolution of the city of Buffalo.”

The complex can house between 70 and 75 senior citizens. Already, more than 130 people have applied to be a part of the assisted living community.

“What is does say to us is that there is a tremendous amount of Buffalonians that want to stay in the city of Buffalo,” said Wallace.

While they want to stay, they’re seeing changing and these people and others around the city are providing feedback which is something the mayor says is imperative for development around the city.

“Listening to people and making adjustments as necessary to make sure that the members of our community are satisfied with the development process and what’s taking place in our city and in their neighborhoods,” said the mayor.

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