Last Thursday the City of Buffalo and WWC Engineering hosted a public open house to gather ideas and wants and needs concerning the upcoming South Burritt Avenue project.
Concerns from citizens in attendance ranged from how the work may affect their property to how much of high school hill would be removed in the project.
Jim Martin, with WWC Engineering, said that rumor has been making the rounds and he nor any of those involved in the project have no pre-conceived idea what to do with the project except to make the area safer for both foot and vehicle traffic. He told those attending “If it needs it, then it will happen,” but continued by saying he doesn't believe it will need to be removed and added that the cost involved in removing material would make it unlikely it will happen.
He said, “We have no pre-conceived ideas for how the project will develop, it's up to you, the public, to tell us what to do.”
The project is essentially a paving and upgrade project for S. Burritt, which was awarded $1 million from the state to help with the city's $1 million already earmarked for the project.
Mayor Randy Dyess explains the project in
Another meeting will be scheduled in the next few weeks to take all of the pubilc input and implement it into the preliminary design of the project, which will be available for more public input at that time.