The City of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) invite residents of University Heights to attend a public meeting for the LaSalle Station Redevelopment Project on Thursday, August 4 at 6 p.m. at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center (3242 , Main Street).
The LaSalle Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) kick-off meeting will not only highlight the future potential of the NFTA-Metro train station, but will also include a broader picture of how adjoining properties along on Main Street share similar potential. Community members are invited to express their thoughts, concerns and opinions regarding the project.
To date, ten developers or groups have submitted responses to the “request for qualifications” seeking companies that have the ability, experience and interest to tackle the project, according to the City of Buffalo. These responses are under review.
“The LaSalle station properties offer a unique opportunity to create equitable transit-oriented development in the heart of Buffalo’s University Heights neighborhood. These sites are also near the University of Buffalo South Campus, two city parks, a Rails-to-Trails path, as well as a variety of small businesses,” said Mayor Brown – the city is developing a request for proposals for this. ETOD project at LaSalle station. “All of these factors give this site the potential to significantly improve the attractiveness and accessibility of the University Heights neighborhood.”
The University Heights Collaborative is also encouraging residents to attend the meeting, hoping to get more voices at the development table. The group is asking residents to address issues related to Main Street revitalization, connectivity, walking, bike-friendly amenities, housing stock improvements, vacant storefronts, access to public transport, community gardens, pocket parks and general quality of life issues.