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A preliminary design for restoring more than three-quarters of a mile of Buffalo River shoreline will be introduced at a public information meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St. Public comment and suggestions will be welcomed.

The project, which would be the largest habitat-restoration effort along the river, will cover about 9.79 acres of land formerly occupied by the Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke plants, including 4,320 feet of shoreline. Ground-breaking is expected early next year. Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, which developed the plan, expects that it will establish a standard for future large-scale restoration projects on brownfield sites.