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Prospective Sites For New Bills Stadium Begin To Emerge, But Financing Remains A Concern
Published May 27, 2014
PLENTY OF HURDLES TO OVERCOME: In Buffalo, Tom Precious notes AECOM will be "looking at local land-use laws, zoning analyses, market and financial feasibility, as well as traffic planning, cost estimates and potential environmental regulatory hurdles." While AECOM will "look at a dozen or so sites, the contract calls for the firm to identify three, and no more than four, sites in a final report due by July 11." New York state "envisions the firm’s work being used to help the state, as well as future team owners, guide future decisions about a new stadium" (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/27). New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said that he "believes it’s 'possible' a new stadium might have to be built to ensure that the Buffalo Bills remain in Western New York." But he added that if "such a project is required, his first objective would be find a way to minimize the government’s financial role." Cuomo "conceded that it could be a heavy lift if construction of a new stadium would require the state to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to the project." Cuomo said that while the state has "helped to build stadiums in downstate New York ... coming up with another huge pot of state money for a project in the Buffalo region would likely face some obstacles" (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/24).