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Big Deal: Swift Purchases Ganson Street Site

A partnership including RiverWorks co-founder Doug Swift has purchased seven acres along the Buffalo River for a mixed-use, recreation-based development. Spoton Legacy LLC purchased 127 Buffalo River and 189 and 191 Ganson Street for $3.5 million yesterday. Trucking firm George W. Burnett Inc. was the seller.

The properties are directly across from the Buffalo River Landing apartment building along Ohio Street and south of the RiverWorks complex. The investment group includes Carubba Collision President Joe Carubba and Oncore Golf CEO Keith Blakely according to The Buffalo News. The jives with rumors that have been circulating about the planned development that said the development would be entertainment-recreation based including a golf component, likely indoors, and possibly a hotel.

“Our group is very excited about the innovative project we’ve been working on. It has been in development for the past year and will build on the tremendous growth the Buffalo River corridor is witnessing. Details of this new waterfront attraction will be unveiled in the very near future.” said Swift, who will be the principal leading the project and is the developer of neighboring RiverWorks.

From The News:

Swift said plans call for a mixed-use facility, but he would not elaborate on specifics, saying that more details will be revealed “in the very near future.” However, it will not feature hockey, curling, climbing walls or other activities that would compete with nearby RiverWorks, which he co-owns with Earl Ketry.

Hopefully there is a golf driving course element, considering that Blakely is involved.

This is big news for Kelly Island (Middle Harbor), because it will help to create a more fleshed out footprint that will lean towards an assortment of interactive activities instead of parking lots and industrial buildings. Let’s hope that this trend continues.

Swift expects to start work next year on the complex with completion scheduled for 2021.

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