Hearing views on pier plans

Change does not come easy. So proposed alterations to the Dunkirk Pier were met by some with opposition in a meeting last month.

Held at the Dunkirk High School, some 60 community members came out to see the drawings — and voice their concerns during the event. The initial concept depicts an entrance arch as individuals make their way into the pier. In addition, the concept shows plaza space, parking, perimeter pier walkway 6- to 8-feet in width, as well as a 10,000-square-feet open lawn space and a pier overlook toward the end.

Parking will remain, but there will be less of it. Also, there will be no changes to the marina or boat launch and fishing will still be allowed at the site.

Rebecca Yanus, city development director, explained the reasons for the plans. “In order for Dunkirk to attract new residents to the city, capitalize on the new businesses that are happening in the city and right outside the city, and capitalize on creating a destination place that wants to make these new people coming for the jobs want to live in our city, change is what we have to do,” she said. “The tide is literally changing in Dunkirk and there are so many great things happening. It’s an exciting time for Dunkirk.”

What’s important, in going forward, is all voices are heard regarding the changes. That was one of the bigger issues with the fence in Barker Common in Fredonia.

With those opinions, make modifications — and allow for compromise.