Outer Harbor Cultural Landscape Report

As part of the Our Outer Harbor Coalition, PBN joined fellow coalition members for a public meeting on October 29, 2018 to announce the release of the Outer Harbor Cultural Landscape Report and to get other important updates ahead of the November 19th Erie Canal harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) public meeting.

The Cultural Landscape Report titled The Buffalo New York Outer Harbor as a Cultural Landscapehas been completed by kta preservation specialists. The report details and creates an overview of how the Buffalo Outer Harbor region, once a pristine wetland area, has been developed and used by people, including industry, commerce, recreation, and shoreline modification.

You can find the Complete Cultural Landscape report here: https://goo.gl/cm4oY4 

 

You can also see new coverage of the October 29th public meeting here:

WGRZ: Activists hope new “Cultural Landscape” report will preserve Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

WIVB: Activists hope report will convince state to preserve Outer Harbor

Spectrum: What is in store for the Buffalo Outer Harbor

WBFO: New report highlights ‘cultural significance’ of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

Next steps? The ECHDC, the state agency which owns and is in control of development of most of the outer harbor properties that are public, is in the process of creating a master plan and will make substantial proposals for the next steps at it’s next “public input meeting” scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Lexus Club inside the KeyBank Center. At that meeting the ECHDC will present 3 site plan options for First Buffalo River Marina, Wilkeson Pointe to the Bell Slip, and Terminal B. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the options, provide feedback, and respond to a survey (which will also be available online).

 

Take a survey on the Elmwood Village!

Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Elmwood Village Association have teamed up to bring the National Main Street Center to Elmwood to develop tools and strategies to strengthen the Elmwood Avenue commercial district.  As a first step in this process we want your input – how do you use Elmwood, how do you get there, what opportunities and challenges do you see for the future?  Help us in this important work by taking this quick survey.  Your responses will be confidential, but the aggregated results will be made available to the entire community in our ongoing efforts to ensure transparency in the process.

Questions? Contact Olivia at ocammisa-frost@pbnsaves.org.

National Main Street Center to do market analysis of Elmwood Village

This morning Preservation Buffalo Niagara & the Elmwood Village Association announced the kick off of a market analysis and commercial district planning process to be conducted by the National Main Street Center through its UrbanMain program.The plan will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the Elmwood commercial district’s assets and build a framework for moving forward.

Joining us at the press conference today were Assembly member Sean M. Ryan and Buffalo Common Council Member David A. Rivera, who provided funding for the study, as well as State Senator Chris Jacobs and Common Council Member Joel Feroleto.

Recently, the Preservation Green Lab did an analysis of Buffalo and found that areas of older, smaller, more character-rich building stock, including the Elmwood Village, have 72% greater population density than the City as a whole, and nearly 70% more women and minority-owned businesses than the City as a whole.  Thanks to this strength and diversity, Elmwood Avenue has received many accolades and honors over the years, and this has led to an increase in interest from investors in the area.  While that attention can be positive, in some instances, it can threaten the very qualities that have led to the community’s success.  In the last twenty four months, fifteen contributing buildings on the National Register have been lost, and there are plans and proposals to potentially remove a dozen more.  The challenge for the Elmwood Village at this point in its development is how to allow the community to evolve and strengthen its core shopping district, without losing the very things that have made it the popular, vibrant place that is has traditionally been.

PBN is thrilled to be able to support the community at this time by bringing in the National Main Street Center, and its UrbanMain program, which will bring national expertise to bear on the distinct opportunities and challenges of the Elmwood Village by utilizing a set of community-driven economic development tools and services aimed at encouraging sustainable growth while preserving local history and culture.

Over the next two months, consultants from the National Main Street Center will collect and analyze market analysis data, survey community members, and meet with stakeholders. The Elmwood Village Association and Preservation Buffalo Niagara will jointly host a community-wide meeting in early October.  Work will continue through the fall and winter, with final recommendations expected in January.  Final recommendations will be shared with the community in another public forum.

To learn more click here to read the full press release