The information panels, presentation, and feedback workbook from the June 27 open house are now available for download :
The consultant team is currently in the process of reading and analysing the submitted workbooks. However, you can always forward your comments on the BOA project to the BOA Manager:
920 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY 14202
The 1,000 acre Buffalo River BOA is located southeast of downtown Buffalo and is comprised of the Buffalo River and the land adjacent to its north and west shores. The area contains approximately 40 known brownfield properties and includes heavy industrial areas and the mixed use residential neighborhoods that surround them. The western boundary of the BOA, approaching Lake Erie, was heavily industrialized and includes the City Ship Canal and Kelly Island. The eastern boundary coincides with the terminus of the navigable portion of the Buffalo River and was less industrialized. The southern boundary primarily follows the southern shore of the Buffalo River and abuts the boundary of the South Buffalo BOA. The northern boundary is aligned with, from west to east, a rail corridor, South Park Avenue, Smith Street, I-190 and Seneca Street.
The primary destination in the BOA is the Buffalo River, its shorelines and its recreational opportunities, such as fishing and canoeing. The area is also home to a newly constructed park – the Ohio Street/Riverfest Park. The BOA includes or abuts a portion of several communities including the Old First Ward as well as the Valley Neighborhood, Seneca-Babcock and Bailey Avenue (all part of the larger Elk Street Neighborhood). While some industrial activity still occurs in the BOA, many of the properties and buildings are either underutilized or vacant.
The long term goal for the BOA is to pursue both environmental enhancement and sustainable development. The ultimate objective for the River itself is to restore watershed ecology, improve water and shoreline habitats, conserve industrial heritage, restore public waterfront access and expand recreation opportunities. The desired direction for the adjacent land parcels is to plan for and support new businesses and industries, attract new uses, create employment opportunities, increase the tax base and strengthen the residential communities while ensuring that development does not compromise the health of the River.
Buffalo River Corridor BOA Project Manager