It's been discussed for decades, but City of Buffalo officials have finally gotten the ball rolling on plans to redevelop close to 200 acres of landfills in South Buffalo. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on plans for a potential golf course in the city and how it's part of a larger plan to revitalize the area.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — "Our primary objective is to create some recreational value out of what are now unproductive lands," Buffalo Urban Development Corporation Vice President David Stebbins said. "For all intents and purposes, they're going to be landfills forever, unproductive pieces of land."
Which could mean turning 200 acres of a South Buffalo landfill into a premiere golf course.
Though nothing is set in stone, the city's urban development corporation voted last week to hire an architectural firm to study whether a public course between Hopkins and Tifft Street would be feasible, and officials believe the potential for a 72-par course would certainly be more welcome than the alternative.
"I think it could be very vibrant. I think not only would it pull city residents, I think it would pull residents from across the region," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said.
It would also mean getting rid of a nine-hole course at South Park, allowing officials to restore its original design. It's part of a larger plan to redevelop what's known as the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area.
"Everything south of the Buffalo River to the city line and from Hopkins to the railroad or Route 5,” Stebbins explained. “So, this is one project of many."
Whether or not South Buffalo residents are in favor of the plan, however, is up for some debate.
"It could possibly work but I'm not going to say it can't,” Donald Anderson said. “I'm not a golfer.”
Stebbins said he’ll have a better idea when it's presented for community feedback. He estimates the course could cost anywhere between $4 million and $12 million and expects to have the results of the study in by September.