BOA Community Projects

Region 10 - Western New York


City of Buffalo, Buffalo Harbor - Step 2

The City of Buffalo will complete a Nomination for approximately 1,040-acre study area characterized with 50 potential brownfield sites that are located adjacent to Buffalo Harbor. The primary revitalization objectives include fostering sustainable commercial development, improving public waterfront access and addressing environmental justice issues.

City of Buffalo/ Buffalo River Keepers, Buffalo River Corridor - Step 2

The City, in conjunction with the River Keeper, will complete a Nomination for approximately 980 acres of property characterized with approximately 40 potential brownfield sites that are located adjacent to the Buffalo River. The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include: sustainable development, improved pubic waterfront access, increased tax base, and addressing environmental justice issues. The Nomination will include an in-depth analysis and description of current conditions, a market and economic trends analysis to assist in determining potential reuse opportunities and determination of strategic parcels for redevelopment and revitalization.

City of Buffalo, South Buffalo - Step 3

The City of Buffalo and Buffalo Urban Development Corporation will complete an Implementation Strategy for an approximately 2,000-acre area characterized with 86 potential brownfield sites that are located in South Buffalo. The Implementation Strategy will include: development of land use implementation techniques including updated zoning regulations and urban design guidelines; creation of targeted and effective development incentives to attract desired land uses; redevelopment feasibility studies and site plan alternatives for specific strategic sites; site marketing to attract developer interest; developing a local management structure to ensure plan implementation; and compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review requirements.

City of Buffalo, Tonawanda Street Corridor - Step 2

The City of Buffalo will complete a Nomination for an approximate 500-acre area in the Tonawanda Street Corridor in the City of Buffalo. The proposed area had a mix of industrial, commercial, and residential uses and was Buffalo's second largest industrial area due to its proximity to major transportation routes and the availability of hydroelectric power. The Nomination will include an in-depth analysis and description of current conditions, a market and economic trends analysis to assist in determining potential reuse opportunities and determination of strategic parcels for redevelopment and revitalization.

City of Dunkirk, AL Tech Site Area - Step 2

The City of Dunkirk will complete a Nomination for a 100-acre area located in the vicinity of the AL Tech Site near the city center. Eleven brownfield sites make up approximately 85 acres of the area. The primary community revitalization objectives include the elimination of environmental contamination and blight associated with these brownfield sites by returning them to productive use.

City of Jamestown/Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency, Chadokoin Riverfront - Step 1

The City of Jamestown will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an area containing numerous brownfield sites along the western portion of the Chadokoin River. The City seeks to return these unused industrial sites to productive uses through a variety of State, federal and local low-interest-rate loan and grant resources, and currently available State and federal tax and employment credits to help stimulate private investment by developers. The community benefits of this remediation and re-use program are a revitalized local economy, job creation and retention, and reclamation of appropriate sites for green space and public recreation uses.

City of Jamestown, Chadakoin Downtown Riverfront - Step 2

The City of Jamestown will complete a Nomination for an approximately 365-acre area characterized with 40 potential brownfield sites that are located along the Chadakoin River in the City's center. The primary community revitalization objectives include catalyzing economic growth in terms of new business and jobs and creating new waterfront access points along the river corridor.

City of Lackawanna, First Ward - Step 2

The City of Lackawanna will complete a Nomination for the 2000 acre area of the First Ward, over 60% of which is characterized by brownfields, vacant, or underutilized properties. Primary objectives are to improve overall quality of life for community residents by redeveloping brownfields to increase employment opportunities and tax revenues to provide needed municipal services. This project will begin to remove the stigma of environmental contamination and enable the community to build on their waterfront location on Lake Erie, major transportation corridors, and the Canadian marketplace.

City of Lockport, Tourism Focus Area - Step 2

The City of Lockport will complete a Nomination for the 385-acre Tourism Focus Area. This area is located in the center of the City and is characterized with at least three brownfield sites. The primary community revitalization objectives include: eliminating environmental contamination and blight associated with these brownfield sites; fostering economic growth in terms of new business, jobs, and an expanded tax base; and, enhancing tourism opportunities associated with the Erie Canal.

City of Niagara Falls, Highland Community - Step 2

The City of Niagara Falls, in partnership with the Highland Community Revitalization Committee, will complete a Nomination for an approximate 560-acre area characterized with 15 potential brownfield sites that are concentrated in the Highland community. The City intends to redevelop the Highland Area Community in a manner that takes advantage of its close proximity to major roadways, railroads, and a nearby airport and to enhance the area for residents and businesses.

City of Niagara Falls, Buffalo Avenue Industrial Corridor – Step 2

The City of Niagara Falls will complete a Nomination for the Buffalo Avenue Industrial Corridor, an area of
approximately 1,800 acres characterized by 47 potential brownfield sites located in the City's southeast corner.
The area borders the northern bank of the Niagara River and includes economically challenged communities
suffering from close proximity to heavy industry and associated contamination. Primary revitalization objectives
include: fostering redevelopment of strategic sites for commercial and residential use; and improving access to the Niagara River waterfront for residents and visitors.

City of North Tonawanda, North Tonawanda – Step 3

The City of North Tonawanda will complete an Implementation Strategy for a 546-acre area located along the Niagara River and Erie Canal in Tonawanda Island. Of primary concern is a commercial-industrial zone that is separated from the mainland by the Little River and characterized with aging infrastructure, obsolete or abandoned buildings, and contamination. The Implementation Strategy will focus on specific techniques and actions that will be undertaken to enable desired redevelopment and uses including: updated zoning and other local laws; architectural design guidelines; redevelopment feasibility assessments and site plan alternatives for specific strategic sites; site marketing to attract developer interest; developing a local management structure to ensure plan implementation; and compliance with the Environmental Quality Review Act.

City of Olean, Northwest - Step 2

The City of Olean and the Cattaraugus Empire Zone Corporation will complete a Nomination for a 457-acre area that is located in the northwest portion of the City. The primary community revitalization objectives include fostering economic growth in terms of new business, jobs and an expanded tax base and enhancing a gateway link between the Interstate 86 corridor and the City's central business district.

Village of Gowanda, Gowanda – Step 1

The Village of Gowanda will complete a Pre-Nomination Study to begin to address more than 20 potential brownfield sites. The primary community revitalization objectives include: completing an inventory of brownfields, vacant, and abandoned sites; and conducting community visioning to solicit community input and to begin to determine their best reuse.

Town of Amherst, Sheridan Drive Commercial District - Step 1

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximate 108-acre study area characterized with 53 potential brownfield sites that are located in the Town of Amherst. Project objectives are to assess conditions to better understand opportunities in areas that exhibit high commercial vacancy rates despite a stable population base, extensive municipal investment and the growing popularity of commercial areas immediately adjacent to the study area.

Town of Tonawanda, River Road - Step 1

The Town of Tonawanda, in partnership with Erie County, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, the City of Tonawanda, and the Town of Tonawanda Development Corporation, will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximate 1,000 acre area characterized with 60 potential brownfield sites that are located in the River Road section of the Town and City of Tonawanda. The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include: the redevelopment of vacant or underutilized properties, the retention and attraction of businesses, and the enhancement of the waterfront region.