SOS Canal St.

Posted by MJ

Same Old Situation (S.O.S) on Canal St. The Buffalo news reported another bidder has pulled out.

A clothing store has withdrawn its offer to buy a building at 51 Canal St. because its owner didn’t feel the city was really interested in him.

Lindsey Hicks, of Picasso Moon, who wanted to relocate his business from Main Street, said last week he might end up in Buffalo. 
His was the clothing business city officials previously said wanted 51 Canal St.

A recreational sales business wants to buy both 51 and 79-81 Canal St., while a third contender, a gift and decor shop interested only in 79-81 Canal, seems to have receded in the city’s view

R. Charles Bell, city director of planning and development, said the recreational sales business may feature seasonal activity offerings of potential tourist interest, such as rentals of bicycles and other sporting goods.
However, he said, the deal isn’t ready for the board of the city’s development corporation to vote on yet, though that could change by meeting time Thursday..
Once the the final establishments, if any, pop up on Canal St. we'll have to take a look back and see if all this drama was worth it. The street is so sparse on store fronts that regardless of what goes in there it will hardly be a place of abundant activity. The gazebo plot would need infill with upper residential of any hope of critical mass. As always, I'll always pray that we someday see the original Niagara Wine Trail concept reappear.

As I have mentioned before, it would also be great to see a Trek sign on the Canal facade of their building to show people driving by some type of life on the street.


Lockport Taxpayer said...

The GLDC is clueless, they can't make up their mind what they want in there. First, it's high-tech, then it's tourism, then it's high-tech, then it's tourism again, and on and on. This Mayor is only concerned with himself and his friends, he has no vision for the future of Lockport and no care for its citizens! Oh, and please tell me what Trek has contributed to help lower my taxes or at the very least, improve my quality of life? The GLDC is a colossal failure!

MJ said...

1) Trek is providing jobs DT. It is providing workers that in theory can spend their money here and even possibly choose to live here close to work. It provides a nice use for the upper floors.

2)We can all complain about corporate welfare but when other towns/counties/states/countries are doing it it is the game that has to be played. Cheap transportation and information connectivity give businesses the same freedom of movement that we have ourselves. That is why it is important to focus on Quality of Life and planning to make Lockport a unique place to live.

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