BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - A group of ten panelists will decide the winner of Governor Andrew Cuomo's ideas competition for Buffalo's Skyway.
Governor Cuomo announced the competition in February and later announced the ten panelists in April. But what exactly will they be looking at? Governor Cuomo's Senior Advisor John Maggiore told reporters that they want the panelists to determine the best vision for the entire corridor and not just the bridge itself.
"With large portions of Western New York's waterfront...what is the vision for the future of Western New York's waterfront?" Maggiore asked. "Is that vision something that can be achieved? The feasability, affordability, taking into account what happens to traffic, those all speak to whether the thing can actually be achieved."
"I can imagine parts of the Skyway remaining as an homage to what currently is here," she said. "There's a need to have a discussion about what function does it really serve and what purpose it really serve and to make sure it matches with future reality with the town."
She said she's been inspired by The High Line in New York City and the 11th Street Bridge redevelopment in Washington, D.C.
"By the year 2035, we'll have more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18," she said. "A place that doesn't serve the needs of older adults doesn't serve the community well."