The Buffalo City Council, at their meeting Tuesday, got a request from the Vision Buffalo Commission to purchase a lot they feel is vital to the overall success of the downtown redevelopment plan.
Travis Lawrence and Jim Hicks, who are on the VBC, presented the request, saying now that Phase 1 of the plan (the Crazy Woman Square Project) is underway, they are now moving on to Phase 2, which will concentrate on the areas behind Main Street to Prosinski Park.
The property they were seeking, located at 11 West Fetterman, has recently been cleared of a delapidated building and is now up for sale. The VBC requested the city purchase the lot to secure it for future development within the Downtown Redevelopment Plan.
Jim Hicks explained why the VBC thought the purchase was important.
The city will use funds they have received from sales of other city-owned lands, essentially trading one property for this newly-acquired property. No general funds will be used.
The council approved the $51,000 purchase on a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Russ Humphrey the lone dissenting vote.