Community Development Agreement for Canal Side Project Makes Sense
by Andy Reynolds
Before the Canal Side Development Project is approved, it is critical for the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) to ensure that the massive public investment in the project will be spent in a way that benefits the communities of Buffalo and the region.
Area organizations such as the Buffalo Urban League, Coalition for Economic Justice, and the Partnership for the Public Good have worked to raise awareness around the Canal Side Development Project and the need for enforceable guarantees to make this the highest quality development project possible. To this end, over 79 community groups have already expressed their support in principle for a legally binding agreement negotiated between community groups and the development oversight body called a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) which would maximize benefits for all parties included.