The information panels, presentation, and feedback workbook from the June 28 open house are now available for download :
Exploring Options & Making Choices: Open House #3
June 28, 2012
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 Tonawanda Street Corridor BOA is comprised of 514 acres of primarily under-utilized industrial brownfields in Northwest Buffalo stretching from Scajaquada Creek to just south of the Tonawanda municipal boundary, and along Chandler Street. The site is strategically located with access to major highways, a bi-national railway, Black Rock Channel, the Niagara River, Scajaquada Creek, and the Jesse Kregal trail system which provides a creekside east-west connection between the River and Delaware Park.
The boundaries are generally comprised of Skillen Street to the north, Military Road to the east, Scajaquada Creek to the south and a combination of Tonawanda, Rano and Isabelle Streets to the west. The boundary also includes land extending east from the rail corridor along Chandler Street to Elmwood Avenue. The boundary was selected to include a number of major heavy industrial and commercial parcels that together represent the City’s North Buffalo industrial rail corridor legacy from the turn of the 19th & 20th centuries. It encompasses a number of major industrial areas including the former Black Rock Yard Redevelopment Area, Austin Street Redevelopment Area, Chandler Street Redevelopment Area, and Lower Tonawanda Street Redevelopment Area.
The BOA is bound by and partially comprised of a number of former “walk to work” neighborhoods including the “Black Rock”, “Riverside”, “West Hertel” and the “Grant Amherst” communities. Across Scajaquada Creek, Buffalo State College and the Richardson-Olmsted Complex (the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane) are important uses abutting the BOA. The project represents a significant opportunity to put in place a land use plan and a series of prioritized strategies aimed at transforming brownfields into uses that complement the economy, environment, and community, and tying together these distinct neighborhoods. Through remediation and identification of new uses that can capitalize on the areas strategic assets, there is an opportunity to put in place a program aimed at repairing neighborhood edges that have been disproportionately impacted by industrial uses over time and creating new opportunities for working and living within the BOA. Strategies identified to enhance the area’s relationship to the Niagara River and Scajaquada Creek and restore the natural environment will help to create a reinvigorated setting for new investment while attaching the BOA to the City’s wider open space network.
Tonawanda Street Corridor BOA Project Manager
Northwest Buffalo Community Center
U.S Army Corps of Engineers – Buffalo District
Buffalo State College Facilities Master Plan
The Richardson-Olmsted Complex
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers