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New vision for waterfront was proposed decades ago

In the early ’50s, my father, Thomas E. Stanton, served on what was then known as the Buffalo City Planning Commission for which he was chairman of the Waterfront Committee. He had dreams of marinas, parks, restaurants and events that would attract people to our beautiful venue. I have discovered minutes of the Planning Commission meetings that contain discussion of the development of the outer harbor as well as areas from Fuhrmann Boulevard to Ohio Street.

One of my most interesting discoveries is a booklet titled, “Buffalo Planning Commission 1946-1951.” Pull-out maps and drawings could easily be mistaken for the plans that now are in place more than 60 years later. Expanded marinas, additional boat slips, parks and a beach are just a few examples of the vision that my dad and other members of the Planning Commission hoped to become a reality. Erie Basin Marina began to take shape during the Griffin administration, but further progress was in slow motion. It is sad to think that the plans and ideas presented all those years ago never were acted upon to make Buffalo proud of its position on Lake Erie.

My dad would want me to thank Rep. Brian Higgins and all those who have helped him for their successful efforts to move expediently to enhance Buffalo’s gift of miles of beautiful waterfront property.

Patricia A. Mergenhagen

Amherst