"Border Crossing Brownfields: Regional Planning and Financing"
By Mayor Anthony M. Masiello
Mayor Masiello, who serves as vice-chair of the Conference's
Brownfields Task Force, shared his perspectives on a major new
initiative for the greater Buffalo region, which includes bordering
areas of Ontario, Canada, called the "Buffalo/Fort Erie
gateway project is expected to serve as a catalyst for the region, by
promoting a healthy environment, vibrant economy and diverse
communities. Masiello talked about the challenge of brownfields in
this area where past industrial activity was concentrated to take
advantage of its favorable location on the Great Lakes. He praised the
work of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust of Toronto, Canada, its key
partner in helping to shape this new vision for the area's gateway.
explained how "progress in past years has been slowed due to the
lack of a regional plan and regional strategy." He also discussed
the critical importance of dealing with the many brownfields in the
area. "Costs of cleanup are substantial, and we need help in
cleaning up these sites. And, environmental liability is a big
obstacle," Masiello said.
discussing how the focus on the broader regional development, he said
this strategy allow us to focus on "regional real estate markets
issue." He emphasized that "it is more economically and
environmental sound to use existing properties, not taking more
greenfields." He concluded his remarks, stating, "If we
clean it, they will come."