Niagara Street Now Documents
Over a four-month period, more than 600 residents, business owners, and stakeholders shaped a set of priorities for the future of Niagara Street. Summarized in the community vision document, these priorities will guide the streetscape re-design of Niagara Street, from Porter to Ontario.
December 15, 2015 Stakeholder Meeting
- Meeting Materials: Handout; presentation.
- Meeting Recap: Meeting Summary; photos.
- Press Coverage: WBFO (12/16/15)
February 2016 Community Workshops
- Meeting Materials: Workshop Guidebook; Map Feedback Posters; Design Concept Feedback Posters; Welcome Posters.
- Recap of Workshop #1 at Riverside Institute of Technology: photos; Workshop #1 Summary
- Recap of Workshop #2 at the Atrium @ Rich’s: photos; Workshop #2 Summary
- Press Coverage: Buffalo Rising (2/6/16); Time Warner News (2/18/16); WBFO (2/18/16)
March 31, 2016 Community Vision Update Meeting
June 20, 2016 Preliminary Design Update Meeting
- Meeting Materials: presentation; handout; Porter to Forest roll plot; roll plot Forest to Ontario roll plot.
- Meeting Recap: Meeting Summary
August 17, 2016 Shoreline Trail Stakeholder’s Meeting
December 13, 2016 Green Infrastructure and Design Update Meeting
- Meeting Materials: Presentation
- Preliminary Plan Roll Plots: Porter to Busti; Busti to Tonawanda; Tonawanda to Ontario.
July 13, 2017 Green Infrastructure and Design Update Meeting
Related Planning Work
Often informed by stakeholder input, city plans create a broad, guiding vision for all communities of Buffalo. These include comprehensive plans that collectively address the many issues that impact a city, and others that focus on specific concerns, such as zoning, Each citywide plan has a unique focus, but all aim to establish Niagara Street as a vital gateway into Buffalo by revitalizing the corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods, expanding transportation options, adding greenspace, and enhancing public access to the waterfront.
Commonly developed by community groups or neighborhood planning associations, these plans provide broad visions for specific neighborhoods and suggest strategies that reflect community values. Though Niagara Street crosses many engaged neighborhoods, they all recognize its importance as a critical corridor for economic revitalization, historical preservation and environmental restoration.
These plans focus on revitalizing our waterfronts. They recommend that the Niagara Street corridor become a distinct gateway into the city by improving public waterfront access, restoring shoreline ecology, and celebrating history along the Niagara River.
These plans lay out strategies for restoring parks and nature. Though they vary in scale, these plans commonly suggest that the Niagara Street corridor should serve as a significant environmental destination; one that is in need of ecological restoration, protection from pollution, and enhanced access to public open spaces that embrace the waterfront and its history.
By studying local trends and preferences, these plans aim to accommodate the transportation needs of cities or regions. Even those with a broad, regional focus recommend that formal accommodations be made to integrate bikes, pedestrians and public transit in our roadways, especially key routes like Niagara Street.
These plans bring communities together to develop a broad vision to help shape the future of the entire region. Regional plans support strategic investments near waterfronts and existing commercial corridors, like Niagara Street, in order to promote sustainability and revitalize the regional economy.