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Grant Street Planning

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is engaged in a community preservation planning process for Grant Street as part of a larger community development and revitalization project initiated by Assemblymember Sean Ryan with funding from the State of NY, the John R. Oishei Foundation, and the City of Buffalo through Councilmember David Rivera.

We recently concluded work on an existing conditions report which is available for download by clicking here.

What is the consumer experience like on Grant Street, particularly for current residents of the West Side- is there a business that you love? Do you feel crossing the street could be safer? Is there a vacant storefront you have an idea for?

Please, share your thoughts through one of the means below!

Are you a property or business owner or manager interested in a free sidewalk trash receptacle or flag? Please visit our AARP grant page by clicking here to sign up.

Surveys will remain open until Monday September 28th.


Consumer Surveys:

Stakeholder Surveys:

Trash Receptacle Color Preference Poll

Asset Mapping Exercises

All West Side residents who participate in an asset mapping exercise will be entered for a drawing for one of ten $20 gift certificates to the West Side Bazaar. Please be sure to supply us with contact information to be entered in the drawing. Drawing will be September 30.

Look for us tabling on Grant Street around noon throughout the month of September, and stop by the table to make a map and with any questions!

Online Asset Mapping Public Workshop Series

We will be conducting online asset mapping workshops on September 17 and 23 that we encourage any and all west side residents to sign up to join us for – workshops will be capped at 15 people each.

If you represent a stakeholder group and would like to schedule an online asset mapping workshop sometime during September, please contact us at

Mapping Buffalo’s West Side During COVID-19
COVID-19 has reshaped our lives. Many of us are spending much more time at home; many others have suddenly found ourselves reclassified as essential workers and are working far longer hours than we expected we would be. All of us are adapting to our new reality, and thinking about what this experience will mean for our future.

With that in mind, one change many of us are making is the addition of regular walks in our neighborhood. We want to hear from our friends on the West Side of Buffalo about this!

What are you seeing that you never noticed before? What have you learned to appreciate within walking distance?

The Jane’s Walk movement honors and activates the ideas of Jane Jacobs, and encourages an environment where people choose to walk, not merely as a recreational option, but as a viable and enjoyable way to carry out basic everyday tasks, improve health and increase social cohesion. Can you design a Jane’s Walk based on what you are observing on the West Side? Similarly, CityLab recently asked readers to submit their “Maps of Life Under Lockdown”- can you draw or make a similar map of the West Side?

Please submit your walking-distance maps of the West Side to

Any format accepted- it can be a picture you draw, photos of 3D representations (like a neighborhood made with Legos), written descriptions, or recordings. We especially would like to see highlighted locations that you visit and value!

Independent Online Asset Mapping

Want to make a map online independently? Please take a moment to participate in our independent online asset mapping exercise– for technical help with this exercise, reach out to

  • Instructions:
    • Click on the square icon in the upper right of the map below to enter full screen mode, or click this hyperlink.
    • After entering full screen, click the blue hyperlink “Edit” in the descriptor box in the upper right.
      • For “I Love…” put a pin on things that you love about Grant Street
      • For “I wish…” put a pun on things that you wish you could change about Grant Street
      • For “I come to Grant Street for…” put a pin on things that bring you to Grant Street
      • For “I have lived on the West Side since…” put a pin generally near where you live (no need to be exact) and put the year that you moved there.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is also coordinating with the National Main Street Center and community stakeholders, particularly business and property owners on Grant Street, to develop a plan to match existing businesses with vacant storefronts.

For more information and to get involved with the stakeholder planning process, please reach out to