BUFFALO, N.Y. — The improvements at MLK Park in Buffalo are still underway - well past the initial July deadline outlined by the city. That's got residents furious, and looking to City Hall for answers.
"Mayor Brown has echoed that it'd be done before the year is out. That's unacceptable mayor. You told us last year it'd be ready July 1st," said Sam Herbert, Coalition to Save MLK Park Chairman.
Brown says says he knows the deadline has come and gone, and doesn't have an answer for when things will wrap up.
"The city is not speculating at all. We're not concerning ourselves with timelines or timeframes at all. We're concerned about this contractor completing the work, completing it properly," said the mayor.
Sam Herbert had the Buffalo Jills by his side Wednesday. He brought the cheerleaders in to cheer on the construction workers, and hand out lunch, in the hopes of speeding the project up. He's demanding the city, the design group and development company Man O' Trees have everything done by this Saturday, or else.
But Man O Trees tells us that's not likely. The company wouldn't talk on camera, but a representative said it'll probably be another month until this construction is done, and that's another delay local residents won't be happy about.
"If it's not happening Saturday, then opening Pandora's Box is on the table," said Herbert. "Then I'm gonna reach out and pull in the Federal Department of Justice. I want an internal investigation."
Mayor Brown says he's not sure what caused the hold up, and that Man O'Trees would have to answer those questions - but for now things are moving forward.
"I think now they are working as quickly as they can work," said Brown. "We're gonna maintain our patience at this point."