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Strength and Weakness:

To lay a foundation for future land use decisions, workshop participants were asked to assess the current dynamics in their neighborhoods. Participants identified strong blocks that should remain unchanged, weak blocks that could benefit from change and areas where there are transportation issues. Feel free to explore the results in the interactive map above.

New Directions:

After diagnosing strengths and weaknesses, participants were asked to suggest some "new directions" for blocks that they thought were in need of change. Participants pointed to areas where there should be more green space, new residential development, a better mix of uses, increased retail activity and additional business opportunities. Click on the links below to explore the results by the type of new land use direction.

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Ellicott Community Workshop
Ellicott Community Workshop

Willert Park/ Ellicott District,
Hydraulics/ Larkin District,
Old First Ward/ Valley

Willert Park/Ellicott District

Assets: New housing stock; local churches; JFK complex - parks and schools; charter schools, too; Town Garden Plaza; close connections to highways, transit, bus, rail; African-American cultural attractions; Sheehan Health Center.

Strengths: Blocks of new housing on Pine, Swan, Division, Hickory; Ellicott Mall redevelopment; historic Willert Park housing; African American cultural sites; transportation corridors; rehabbed BMHA projects.

Weaknesses: Underdeveloped retail on Michigan, Jefferson; the median on William Street; old industrial sites; incomplete streetscapes throughout; old and new houses together looks inconsistent; Broadway Garage idling trucks; brownfields and vacant lots.�

New directions: Develop Michigan Avenue cultural district; promote mixed use and retail on Michigan, Jefferson; other mixed uses on Exchange, Swan; auto-oriented mixed use on William; reinforce retail at Towne Gardens; business on Broadway Garage site; improve green spaces; finish Homeownership Zone; medium lot residential as in-fill.


Assets: Michigan Avenue historic district; schools like Montessori; sports facilities and parks; local restaurants (e.g. Chef's); Towne Garden; Larkin Building.

Strengths: New housing in pockets throughout the neighborhood; vacant properties - especially in clusters - are an asset for redevelopment; the campus around Montessori and other schools; reinvestment in historic resources.

Weaknesses: Railroad is a barrier and underpasses a problem; drug dealing and criminal behavior along railroad; decline of neighborhood business districts like William Street; broken sidewalks in many places.�

New directions: Zone for mixed use commercial districts to come back; allow experimental housing; support "urban commercial farming" - not just community gardens; expand the Montessori campus; develop the Michigan historic district; conduct an historic resources inventory; survey environmental damages; build on successes in Hydraulics.


Assets: Towne Garden; local churches; African-American cultural attractions; proximity to downtown; neighborhood schools; Jesse Nash Medical Center.

Strengths: Cultural heritage corridor; redeveloped neighborhoods along William and Sycamore.

Weaknesses: Disinvested neighborhoods - William to Peckham, Jefferson to Fillmore, Sycamore to Genesee, Jefferson to Herman; Towne Garden needs a better mix of stores; Broadway needs commercial reinvestment; cultural heritage corridor needs investment.

New directions: Traditional mixed use with single family on William; mixed use for heritage corridor; private green space as infill with "homesteading"; reinforce Towne Garden Plaza.

Hydraulics/ Larkin District

Assets: Industrial activities, transportation connections, local restaurants, churches, historic architecture.

Strengths: Valley Community Center; adjacent neighborhood with views of Buffalo River; new development on Jefferson; strong residential blocks near warehouse district; good sites on Seneca for new housing.

Weaknesses: Key vacancies near Seneca and Swan; weak residential on Smith, van Rensselaer; grain elevators.

New directions: Business center at Swan/ Seneca; GEICO at Thruway parcel; Auto-oriented mixed use along Exchange; traditional and retail/residential mixed use on Seneca and Swan; signage, sidewalks, sewers; green space throughout.

Old First Ward/Valley

Assets: Neighborhood anchors: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, The Valley CC, Old First Ward CC; local taverns like Swannie House and McCarthy's; parks like Father Conway, "Peg's", Red Jacket, rowing club.

Strengths: Streets of owner occupied housing at the core - O'Connell and Mackinaw; great streets in the Valley; historic buildings at Hamburg and South park; the rebel skateboard park.

Weaknesses: South Park business strip in decline; Perry Projects; Thruway on-ramps; The Del and Republic tracks cutting through.

New directions: South Park should be a neighborhood center with mixed uses; Perry Projects converted to business; green space along "the Del."

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