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Lackawanna Brownfield Opportunity Area Public Meeting Presentation April 28

Lackawanna Brownfield Opportunity Area Public Meeting Presentation April 28

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Lackawanna BOA

Open House 1

April 28, 2011

Today’s Agenda y g
• Welcome and Team Introductions • The BOA Program • Summary of Findings To Date • Emerging Goals g g BREAKOUT – Opportunities, Constraints and Emerging Goals • Directions for Change BREAKOUT – Directions for Change • Next Steps

The Project Team j
City of Lackawanna

Ralph D. Miranda ‐ Director of Economic Development  Louis Zicari ‐ Brownfield Project Manager
TVGA Consultants

Project Lead and Management Infrastructure Analysis Brownfield Characterization and Reuse Evaluation SEQRA Compliance and Final Document
Urban Strategies Inc.

Urban Design & Land Use Planning Consultation and Visioning
HR&A Advisors

Market Trends Analysis Macro & Micro Economic Analysis Economic Development Strategy

The BOA Boundary y
The Lackawanna BOA: • Encompasses First Ward • 2,062-acre land area • Contains former Bethlehem Steel Site • Ridge Road and Route 5 Corridors

BOA Program: g Overview
Overview: • Three step program • Assists communities to plan for and foster redevelopment • Enables an area-wide approach to brownfield issues • Can help to establish publicprivate partnerships

BOA Program: g Step 2 - Nomination p
Outcomes: • A comprehensive land use assessment and analysis • Identification of economic and market trends • Identification of vacant, underutilized and brownfield sites • Recommendations for future uses and actions f d i for redevelopment of catalyst sites

Project Goals j
1. Create a plan that engages the community and garners broad public support 2. Create a feasible development plan that identifies real economic opportunities and capitalizes on the City’s strengths 3. Create a vision for the future which can enhance the city’s economic, social and environmental circumstances

The Work Plan
The project will be completed over 11 months

Summary of Findings y g Physical Analysis

Physical Analysis y y
Zoning & Land Use
• Nearly 50% of BOA is comprised of vacant l d i d f t land • Other major land categories include industrial and railroad • Limited commercial, community service, and recreational / entertainment uses
26% 6% 1% <1% 4% 1% <1% 16% No Data Railroad Residential Vacant Commercial Recreation and Entertainment Community C i Services Industrial Public Services

46%

Physical Analysis y y
Zoning & Land Use
• Large vacant tracts offer opportunities for t iti f redevelopment • Numerous vacant residential lots available for infill development • High levels of vacancy along major transportation corridors

Physical Analysis y y
Issues of Land Use Compatibility
• Abrupt transitions from residential to employment uses

Physical Analysis y y
Land Ownership
• 135 of 1,553 parcels are publicly owned bli l d • Approximately 60 acres of publicly held land is currently vacant • Substantial frontage along Ridge Road Corridor is publicly owned vacant land

Physical Analysis y y
Transportation Network p
• Bisected by State Highway • Links to interstate highway system • Served by extensive railroad network • Contains a deep water port • Ridge Road serves as g exclusive entrance to City from west • Limited local road access to industrial and vacant lands along rail corridor

Physical Analysis y y
Road, Road Rail and Related Industrial Land Uses Have Isolated the First Ward
• Currently no waterfront y connections • Ridge Road is the only connection to the rest of the City • Connections north limited by fragmented road b f t d d network and poor pedestrian conditions

Physical Analysis y y
Infrastructure
• Excess capacity exists within water and sewer ithi t d systems • Distribution and collection systems are antiquated and may require replacement • Excess capacity exists for both gas and electric service

Physical Analysis y y
Natural Resources and Environmental Features
• Smokes Creek is Class C stream and important fish spawning area • Over ½ mile of Lake Erie Shoreline occurs within BOA • 100 year floodplain mapping encompasses southeast corner of BOA • Minor wetland areas occur along rail corridor

Physical Analysis y y
There Are Perceived and Actual Issues of Contamination
• Long term stigma associated with the area and previous industrial uses

Physical Analysis y y
Derelict Buildings Buildings, Properties and Open Spaces Impact on the Image of the Community
• Several significant community buildings have been abandoned • Houses in need of repair or demolition

Physical Analysis y y
Brownfields, Brownfields Abandoned and Vacant Sites
• 45 vacant, underutilized and brownfield sites • 63 parcels which total 942 acres •R Range i size f in i from 0 06 0.06 acres to 970 acres • Mainly clustered around Hamburg Turnpike and Ridge Road

Physical Analysis y y
Brownfields, , Abandoned and Vacant Sites
• MOU ratified for redevelopment of Bethlehem Steel • Steel Winds • Tecumseh Business Park • Phase I • Phase II • Phase III

Summary of Findings y g Market Analysis

Market Analysis y
Framing the Ch ll F i th Challenges & O Opportunities for t iti f the First Ward
The First Ward is not the only neighborhood area that has lost its i i l it original economic b i base. C Communities across th county iti the t have faced similar challenges and succeeded. Pursuing a clear and sustained turn around plan and preparing sites for redevelopment are key.

Market Analysis y
Methodology
Demographic Profile Real Estate M k t A l i R l E t t Market Analysis Labor Market Analysis Development Feasibility

Market Analysis y
Demographics
CHALLENGES • • • Decreasing population Elevated poverty rate Lagging educational attainment
0.0% 10.0%

Change in Population 1990-2010
9%

5.0%

OPPORTUNITIES • • Young population Growing community of Yemeni immigrants bringing new vitality to the First Ward

-5.0%

-6%
-10.0%

-15.0%

-14% -17%

-20.0% First Ward Lackawanna Erie County New York

Market Analysis y
Housing Market
CHALLENGES • • • Low rates of homeownership Older housing stock Lower rents and home prices
60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% First Ward Rental Units Built Pre-1940 Lackawanna Erie County 70%

Housing Market Comparison g p

OPPORTUNITIES • Construction of affordable housing and rehabilitation of dilapidated homes could p bring new life to the First Ward but would require government support • Affordability of housing could serve as potential competitive advantage

Market Analysis y
Retail & Hotel Market
CHALLENGES • p p g First Ward has poor reputation among outsiders Not a lot of existing spaces for retail to occupy on Ridge Road Perception that commercial taxes are high Access to financing unclear for small businesses

• •

Market Analysis y
Retail & Hotel Market
OPPORTUNITIES • • • Accessibility to highways and downtown Buffalo Recent successful developments on Hamburg Turnpike (hotel, gas station) Unmet neighborhood demand: • • • ~$3M of additional food & beverage sales ~$2M of annual retail sales Additional demand for restaurants and medium-sized stores from nearby neighborhoods

Neighborhood retail on Ridge Rd. could serve residents and build community, but may require subsidy

Market Analysis y
Office & Industrial Market
CHALLENGES • • Redevelopment of defunct industrial sites p requires remediation Little potential for office development in the First Ward due to suburban competition OPPORTUNITIES • • Steelawanna Industrial Park can build on success of Lakeside Commerce Park Availability of brownfield tax credits on Bethlehem Steel site could bring future development to the area

Steelawanna Industrial Park

Summary of Findings y g
Market Analysis
Office & Industrial Market
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Intermodal rail-to-highway transfer facility Four Class I rail connections Potential for an expanded port Within 500 miles of 55% of the U.S. population and 62% of the Canadian population 9 million + consumers within 125 mile radius

Market Analysis y
Labor Market Analysis
CHALLENGES • • Manufacturing jobs pay well but have declined steadily in the region Decline of overall employment
-10% -5% 0%

Manufacturing Employment g p y
1997-2002 2002-2007

OPPORTUNITIES • • • Professional services, education and life sciences have shown regional growth Biofuels, green energy and green manufacturing are developing nearby Lackawanna’s favorable Lacka anna’s fa orable location could co ld attract logistics/ distribution firms with help of incentives

-15%

-20% Erie County Buffalo-Niagara Region New York State

Market Analysis y

Market Analysis y
Challenges & Opportunities in the First Ward Ch ll O t iti i th Fi t W d Attracting new investment requires public support Starting with small interventions will improve the quality of life for residents while sparking longer-term growth

Market Analysis y
What is Wh t i necessary t j to jumpstart redevelopment ? t t d l t Targeted public investment Sustained local attention Community development initiatives:
homeownership, homeownership small business loans, loans small business incubators

Market Analysis y
What h t t Wh t short-term efforts can have an immediate ff t h i di t impact? Key projects on Ridge Road such as streetscaping could have a transformative effect on the First Ward Pursuit of one or two promising public investment opportunities to catalyze growth

Market Analysis y
What i Wh t is possible with focused public sector attention? ibl ith f d bli t tt ti ?

Neighborhood retail corridor g Affordable housing and housing rehabilitation Highway-supported Highway supported uses on Hamburg Turnpike

Economic and community development

Emerging Goals g g

Emerging Goals
What We Have Heard To Date

Six draft goals have been developed to address the context, strengths and weaknesses of the BOA. They respond to the issues that have been raised in prior studies, throughout our analysis and by stakeholders and the Steering Committee. They address economy, image, community and natural environment and seek to guide transformation of the First Ward it into a better place to live, work and raise families live families. They will be refined during this visioning session, with p g public. input from the general p

Emerging Goals
What We Have Heard To Date

1) Strengthen and diversify the economic base and support local opportunities for employment and small business development. j g Objectives and Strategies: • Target industries and employment opportunities that have local and regional growth potential such as retail, professional services, green industry, logistics/distribution and flex commercial. • Allocate future employment uses to best suit the physical context; main street uses, highway related uses; industrial/employment uses and neighborhood uses • Create an economic development strategy aimed at developing incentives, improving the physical context, marketing etc. to support positive change context etc • Consider funding programs to support work force retraining and apprentice programs

Emerging Goals
What We Have Heard To Date

2) F t the economic potential of Ridge Road, reinforcing it as a Foster th i t ti l f Rid R d i f i local and regional destination that supports a diversity of uses and transitions to the City’s central business district. Objectives and Strategies: • Establish a Ridge Road business improvement area that targets potential businesses, retail businesses retail, restaurants and professional services to the main street and can initiate a combined marketing strategy • Pursue good design for new buildings and consider a façade improvement program t enhance the existing stock g to h th i ti g t k • Encourage a two sided main street with active uses at grade • Utilize vacant publicly owned lands as a catalyst to kick start renewal • Embrace the ethnic and cultural strengths of the community and market them as a distinct regional asset

Emerging Goals
What We Have Heard To Date

3) Capture the regional market potential of the Hamburg Turnpike creating opportunities for larger retail and employment uses seeking a highly visible location adjacent to the highway. Objectives and Strategies: • Target large format retail distribution and accommodation related uses retail, • Establish design standards to improve the quality of development on both sides of this key corridor • Invest in street and public realm improvements • Preserve for the ability to connect the community to the Bethlehem Steel lands through key t t l d th gh k street connections across th T ti the Turnpike ik • Consider the longer-term potential for the removal of the elevated portions of Route 5

Emerging Goals
What We Have Heard To Date

4) Work towards a more positive image for the First Ward and City through place-making strategies that strengthen the physical appearance of the community, change negative perceptions and set the stage for new investment. Objectives and Strategies: • Identify streetscape and open space improvements • Maintain roads and infrastructure and improve connections to lakeside commerce park p p pulling its success into y g your community and to y y your main street • Reinforce the entrance to your community at Ridge Road/Hamburg Turnpike intersection • Over the long-term undertake a set of strategies aimed at reducing the stock of derelict buildings creating new development sites for future use

Emerging Goals
What We Have Heard To Date

5) Work to improve the neighborhood, establishing the First Ward as a more desirable place where people want to live, visit and work. Objectives and Strategies: • Reduce isolation through improved street and open space connectivity • Undertake a range of programs or strategies aimed at improving the quality of the housing stock • Establish a community task force to champion park and streetscape improvement, exploring the potential for new uses such as community gardens and weekend farmers markets. • E Ensure new commercial and employment uses are appropriately buffered i l d l t i t l b ff d from adjacent residential uses

Emerging Goals
What We Have Heard To Date

6) Celebrate the area’s primary natural feature, water, by improving land and aquatic habitats, enhancing access and establishing new recreational opportunities adjacent to these features. Objectives and Strategies: • Preserve habitats and link disconnected natural features • Establish an open space buffer along Smokes Creek and the waterfront and develop an enhancement and recreational use strategy for these areas • Invest in trails and open space linkages that traverse the BOA and connect to area assets

We’d Like to Hear From You
1. Are there any issues or opportunities that we missed? 2. Did we get the goals right? Are there any that we , g should add, change or remove?

Emerging Directions g g

Emerging Directions g g
A Redevelopment Strategy
1. 1 The site is big and complex It’s not going to develop all at complex…It’s once. 2. Reinvestment will take time and everyone pulling in the same direction. 3. A successful strategy will be one that seeks to create a setting for new investments and community improvement while respecting market trends and the changing context context.

Emerging Directions g g
A Redevelopment Strategy
1. 1 The public sector will need to lead through investments and strategies that can catalyze private sector investment 2. Public investment and targeted incentives will help to set the stage for new investment by transforming the image of the BOA and making it more competitive to regional alternatives 3. Target development incentives strategically 4. Positive change will also bolster a greater sense of community pride and well being

A review of the background analysis highlights a range of potential uses and investments for both the short and long-term.
• • • • • • • • Neighborhood Retail Uses General Retail Uses Flex Commercial Space Logistics and Distribution g Green Energy and Green Manufacturing Hospitality Neighborhood Enhancements Community Comm nit Facilities

Emerging Directions g g
A Redevelopment Strategy

We W want to talk about f lk b four di i distinct areas for reinvestment. 1. 2. 3. 3 4. The Main Street Steelawanna The Highway The Residential Community

The Main Street
Capture the economic potential of Ridge Road by reinforcing it as a local and regional commercial destination
Themes • Local and regional draw • Improved physical image • Improved cycling and pedestrian environment • A location for retail and business and professional b i d f i l services

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Neighborhood Retail
New neighborhood retail such as small retail outlets, h ll t il tl t a small grocery store or pharmacy Considerations • 10,000-15,000sqft of local unmet demand • Serve the needs of the local community • Short term potential • Positive neighborhood benefits

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Neighborhood Retail
New neighborhood retail such as small retail outlets, a small grocery store or pharmacy

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Neighborhood Retail
New neighborhood retail such as small retail outlets, a small grocery store or pharmacy

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Retail: Restaurants
Full and Limited Service Restaurants and Special R t t dS i l Food Services Considerations • 25,000 sqft of unmet demand within 1.5miles of Ridge Road • Potential to cluster smaller restaurants to g create a larger area destination • Opportunities for strong street relationship

Emerging Directions g g
Capture the economic potential of Ridge Road
Retail: Merchandise
Home Furnishings, Electronics, Cl thi El t i Clothing and d Accessories Considerations • 35,000sqft of unmet demand within 1.5miles of Ridge Road

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Retail: Merchandise and Restaurants

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Retail: Merchandise and Restaurants If 50% of unmet demand within 1.5 miles of Ridge Road was captured

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Retail: Merchandise and Restaurants If 100% of unmet demand within 1.5 miles of Ridge Road was captured

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Retail: Market
A destination market that celebrates th diversity of l b t the di it f the First Ward Considerations • Build on the diversity of the first ward • Cater to both the local and regional market • Pedestrian oriented g • Strong relationship to both the neighborhood and Ridge Road

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Retail: Market
A destination market that celebrates th diversity of l b t the di it f the First Ward Considerations • Build on the diversity of the first ward • Cater to both the local and regional market • Pedestrian oriented g • Strong relationship to both the neighborhood and Ridge Road

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Streetscape Enhancements
Ridge Road Streetscape Improvements Considerations C id ti • Celebrating the “Gateway” to the City • Improved streetscape streetscape, planting and lighting to establish a setting for investment and change perceptions

Emerging Directions g g
Streetscape Enhancements
Ridge Road Streetscape Improvements Considerations C id ti • Celebrating the “Gateway” to the City • Improved streetscape streetscape, planting and lighting to establish a setting for investment and change perceptions

Emerging Directions g g
The Main Street
Coordinating Retail
A Managed Main Street Considerations • Façade improvement program • Business Improvement District - targeted retail management and coordination • Targeted marketing g strategy

Steelawanna
Elevate the profile of Steelawanna as a compliment and logical extension of the BLCP
Themes • New street connections that result in new frontage for higher value businesses • Pull the activity of BLCP to support the main street • Opportunity for place making

Emerging Directions g g
Steelawanna
Street Network Improvements
Enhancing the Relationship Between Steelawanna and BLCP Considerations • Create new business frontage locations

Emerging Directions g g
Steelawanna
Commercial Flex Space
Flexible commercial space that can cater to a variety of uses Considerations • Ranging from 15,000-80,000sqft 15 000 80 000sqft but generally around 20,000sqft • Will require improved connectivity with BLCP to the north and design continuity/quality

Emerging Directions g g
Steelawanna
A Flexible Open Space
Flexible open space to create real estate value with t l t t l ith potential for a variety of recreational uses

Emerging Directions g g
Steelawanna
Logistics and Distribution
Capitalizing on the strategic bi-national location Considerations C id ti • Capitalize on proximity to rail and water • Could occupy the eastern edge of the site adjacent to the rail corridor. • Will require larger land parcels

Emerging Directions g g
Steelawanna
Green Energy and Green Manufacturing Building on the green economy and complimenting the South Buffalo S th B ff l BOA
Considerations • Can capitalize on the cluster of green energy and sustainable industries and contribute to branding of the area • Potential for state incentives

The Highway g y
The Hamburg Turnpike as a Retail and Employment Destination
Themes • Improve the Image of the City • More east-west connectivity ti it • Linking and expanding the waterfront trail to Smokes Creek and the lake

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Bethlehem Steel
A vast area with the potential over the long term to cater to a broad range of employment uses Considerations • MOU is in place • Range of employment g p y opportunities • New uses here will help to strengthen the success and desirability of other areas within the BOA

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
A Hotel
A hotel that can serve the wider B ff l market id Buffalo k t Considerations • Potential future market demand for highway related accommodation given proximity and access to the downtown • Positive benefit to restaurants or other retail uses along the main street

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Retail: General Merchandise
Retail uses that will cater to the broader Lackawanna, Hamburg and South Buffalo Communities C iti Considerations • 35 000sqft within 35,000sqft 1.5miles of Ridge Road • General Merchandise • Can capitalize on higher profile of the Hamburg Turnpike

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Retail: General Merchandise
Retail uses that will cater to the broader Lackawanna, Hamburg and South Buffalo Communities C iti Considerations • 35 000sqft within 35,000sqft 1.5miles of Ridge Road • General Merchandise • Can capitalize on higher profile of the Hamburg Turnpike

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Highway Related Built Form & Streetscape Improvements
Improve the image of the city Considerations • Enhanced streetscaping, built form and property standards aimed at improving this important entry to Lackawanna • Improve the physical context to better attract b investment

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Extension of the Fuhrmann Blvd. Trail
A waterfront trail connecting t f t t il ti the lake to Smokes Creek in the south Considerations • Extension of Waterfront Trail • Enhance Image of the Hamburg Turnpike

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Street Network Improvements
Defining new street g connections across the Hamburg Turnpike (Route 5) would reduce community isolation Considerations • S Strengthen the relationship between potential new businesses west of the highway and services to the east of the Highway

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Long Term Improvements
Normalization of the Ridge g Road and Hamburg Turnpike (Route 5) Intersection Considerations • Long term prospect that may align with Buffalo’s desire for removal of the skyway and other elevated portions of Route 5 • Dramatically improves access and visibility to the community

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Long Term Improvements
Normalization of the Ridge g Road and Hamburg Turnpike (Route 5) Intersection Considerations • Long term prospect that may align with Buffalo’s desire for removal of the skyway and other elevated portions of Route 5 • Dramatically improves access and visibility to the community

Emerging Directions g g
The Highway
Long Term Improvements
Normalization of the Ridge g Road and Hamburg Turnpike (Route 5) Intersection Considerations • Long term prospect that may align with Buffalo’s desire for removal of the skyway and other elevated portions of Route 5 • Dramatically improves access and visibility to the community

Residential Community y
Enhancing the Residential Community
Themes • Long term improvement of the housing stock – subsidized housing, housing retrofits and renewal • Removal of derelict structures • Improved open spaces and streetscapes p • Guidelines to promote better land use relationships and compatibility

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
New Housing
Replacing derelict homes and vacant lots with new houses for existing residents Considerations g • New housing to fill in the gaps in the street • Consolidation of vacant parcels to create larger lots • 50 NRP Group homes • Coordinate distribution of new h housing with other i ih h improvements to create a bigger impact
NEW NEW

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
New Housing
Replacing derelict homes and vacant lots with new houses for existing residents Considerations g • New housing to fill in the gaps in the street • Consolidation of vacant parcels to create larger lots • 50 NPR Group homes • Coordinate distribution of new h housing with other i ih h improvements to create a bigger impact

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
New Housing
Clustering houses to bridge the gap between the existing municipal homes and the neighborhood

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
New Housing
Reinforcing the two key north south spines

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
New Housing
Strengthening the core of the neighborhood

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
New Housing
Creating a central spine south to Jeffrey Taggart Memorial Playground with new homes facing onto the park

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Housing Rehabilitation
Restoring the existing housing stock to create a better living environment Considerations • Enhanced environmental performance • State of good repair • Opportunity to tap into state and federal programs such as the weatherization and intergovernmental i t g t l program

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Housing Renewal and Population Growth
There are many creative y ways to stabilize and growth the population base and initiate renewal of housing stock

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Housing Renewal and Population Growth

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Community Gathering Places
An indoor community meeting or gathering place Considerations C id ti • Could be a retrofit of an existing building • Opportunity to co locate co-locate with other uses • Potential to partner with the City of Buffalo to create a joint use facility in South Park

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Community Gathering Places
An indoor community meeting or gathering place Considerations C id ti • Could be a retrofit of an existing building • Opportunity to co locate co-locate with other uses • Potential to partner with the City of Buffalo to create a joint use facility in South Park

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Community Gathering Places
An outdoor community meeting or gathering place

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Street and Open Space Enhancements
A long term strategy aimed g gy at enhancing the pedestrian environment and improving local parks Considerations • Making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to move within the neighborhood g • Creating a safer environment for children and families

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Thinking creatively about open spaces and vacant property
A Community Garden Considerations • Re-utilizing vacant lots while creating opportunities f t iti for community interaction and local food production

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Thinking creatively about open spaces and vacant property
A local tree farm Considerations • Could be a join venture between the community and city facilitating d it f ilit ti g beautification at reduced costs • Business potential

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Thinking creatively about open spaces and vacant property
Integrating storm water management throughout the community to slow and filter runoff and enhance surface water quality Considerations • Integrated with streetscape enhancements

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Improving Waterfront Connections
Enhancing access to the g Union Ship Canal Considerations • Significant new waterside open space • Require enhanced pedestrian and cycling connections north through Steelawanna • Opportunity to connect with the Fuhrmann Blvd trail

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Improving Waterfront Connections
Enhancing access to g Smokes Creek Considerations • Long term potential to connect east through Lackawanna and west to the lake • Opportunities for new recreational uses such as fishing or canoeing • Opportunity to connect with the Fuhrmann Blvd trail

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Environmental Enhancements
Smokes Creek Considerations • Improved fish and wildlife habitat • Storm Water and Flood risk Management • Can be combined with access enhancements • Partnership opportunities with Buffalo River Keepers

Emerging Directions g g
The Residential Community
Improved Connections East to the Downtown
Sidewalk and C li Sid lk d Cycling Improvements Considerations • Improving the walk to the downtown • Explore dedicated cycling lanes down the length of ridge road • Winter considerations

Visioning
4 break out groups :
• • • • The Main Street The Highway Steelawanna The Community

Visioning
Here is what we would like you to do!
• • • 15minutes – Describe your vision for this area? 10 minutes – What uses are most appropriate for this area and where should they go? 10 minutes – What should happen with existing parks, community parks facilities, natural areas and open space connections? What are the priorities? 10 minutes – How can the community, City and business interests work together for positive change?

Report Back – 5 Minutes Per Group

Next Steps p
Mid July 2011 • Draft Materials and outcomes of todays events will be circulated to the Steering Committee for review and comment

Mid August 2011 • Following revisions we will return and present a: • • • • Draft Vision and Goals Draft Concept Draft Nomination Materials

The purpose of the meeting will be to receive feedback on the draft plan so that the materials can be refined in p preparation for the final submission in November

Lackawanna BOA
Open House 1

April 28, 2011

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