In recent years, there have been many conversations with the residents and stakeholders of the Masten Park neighborhood on how to make sure investments in the community meet the needs of the existing residents, including a planning and engagement process completed by Urban Design Associates (UDA). As a continuation of these efforts and to ensure that we can meet the needs of community residents, the City of Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency are working on an implementation phase for both the Masten Park and Cold Springs neighborhoods in collaboration with residents, stakeholders, and community partners.
Situated nearby and adjacent to both the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the Fruit Belt neighborhood, both Masten Park and Cold Springs are plagued with high vacancy and ripe for impactful investments that will benefit the entire community. The selection of Laurel Street included three components:
The overlap of these three components help to answer questions that ensure that the site selected is the most suitable for infill development.
The following documents were looked at with considerable detail throughout the process of selecting the most suitable areas for infill in Masten Park and Cold Springs.
“The analysis in this document provides a factual basis and a framework for decision-making in a context where resources are dwarfed by the problems that need solving and where all public investments must be thoughtful and strategic to have a measurably meaningful impact.
“Housing is the predominant use in the neighborhood and housing strategies need to address home ownership and rental, market-rate and affordable, senior and family, and new and existing residents.”