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BUFFALO, N.Y -- Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation leaders say they will have bathrooms and 2 restaurants on the waterfront property by summer after citizen committees reported wanting to have places to eat while visiting the space.

Tom Dee, the president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation tells Channel 2 that once Bass Pro backed out in August, the group put together 7 volunteer citizen committees that focused on the waterfront and came up with ideas on how better the space.  Dee says the 7 comittees met 5 times individually and were composed of 90 volunteers.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation held a meeting Monday night in South Buffalo where they introduced a non-profit consulting firm called "The Project for Public Spaces", for a price tag of $60,000.00.  The goal of the New York City based company is to help cities create spaces where people want to visit.  PPS leaders offered ideas, based on cities already successful with the concept, then took the 30 or so members by bus to 3 sites on the waterfront.  The focus of Monday nights' meeting was the Outer Harbor.  Tuesday and Wednesday nights' meeting will be focused on the Buffalo River and the Historic District, respectively.

Dee told Channel 2's Marissa Bailey that the group is not currently in talks with an anchor store or restaurant.  Instead, they are focused on "bringing the masses" to the waterfront.

Reporter: "So, the idea of an anchor store or anchor sort of restaurant -- may be out the window?"

Dee: "Well, it's not out the window but it's not in the immediate plan.  The immediate plan is to get events down there, establish a critical mass, get 300 events, activities and programs this summer -- get food down there, temporary restrooms, get showers, extend the wharf so people can walk and jog."

Click on the video link above to see Marissa Bailey's report shot by photojournalist John Guinane.

Meeting information is as follows:

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 (12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Old First Ward Community Center

62 Republic Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14204

TOPIC: The Buffalo River

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

Erie County Naval and Military Park

One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

TOPIC: The Historic District

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