From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
A prominent New York City developer with ties to Niagara Falls is among the parties interested in buying the Buffalo Bills.
Sources tell News 4 that Howard Milstein is interested in purchasing the team. Milstein, who is chairman of the NYS Thruway Authority, owns 400 parcels in downtown Niagara Falls, which is one of the sites being considered for a new Bills stadium by a state task force.
From WIVB Channel 2 in Buffalo:
If you drive around downtown Niagara Falls you see constantly see vacant pieces of land with “Niagara Falls Redevelopment” signs on them.
The properties, totaling 140 acres in all, are owned by New York City billionaire developer Howard Milstein.
Milstein has done nothing with the properties since he bought them back in the late 1990s and that has been a major impediment to development in the Falls.
From the Niagara Gazette:
Niagara Falls Redevelopment.
For many years, candidates seeking elected office in the city of Niagara Falls have been asked how they would advise the city to deal with the company which, through its various affiliates, owns more than 400 parcels of prime real estate near the heart of downtown.
This year’s crop of mayoral candidates and city council hopefuls generally agree more needs to be done from the city’s end to spur action within NFR’s development territory.
The majority also said they would support a direct approach — simply sitting down with owner Howard Milstein or his associates and discussing why more hasn’t happened on NFR land and what more can be done from the city’s end to help move things along.