By Jill Terreri
Today the Common Council will hold a public hearing on the sale of the Webster Block during its 2 p.m. meeting in Chambers. A vote on the $2.2 million sale is expected today. The Council does not meet again until March 5, and the Buffalo Sabres' Harborcenter Development is planning a groundbreaking on or around March 1.
Harborcenter is planning a $172.2 million hockey-themed mixed-use development near the waterfront between Main, Perry, Washington and Scott streets. Also today, at 143 Genesee St., the Erie County Industrial Development Agency is considering a package of tax abatements for the project, including $28 million in real property tax credits, $7.5 million in sales tax savings and $1.2 milion in mortgage recording tax savings.
The Council will hold a pre-meeting caucus in Room 1417 at 11 a.m. today.
Also today, the Michigan Avenue African-American Heritage Corridor Commission will hold meetings in Chambers at noon and 6 p.m. on a draft management plan.
Of note for Elmwood Village homeowners is Tom Precious's story today about historic tax credits for home rehabilitation, which get a boost in a recent amendment to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed budget.