Elmwood Crossing Environmental Review

The Elmwood Crossing Project is the proposed redevelopment of the former Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.  The Project consists of the redevelopment of parcels comprising the Project Area as a mixed-use project consisting of commercial, including retail, office, health/wellness, grocery store, and a daycare; hospitality, consisting of a hotel and related spaces; and residential uses, including apartments, townhomes and condominium units. The Project includes the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the former Woman and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and construction of new buildings.

On June 18, 2018, the City of Buffalo Planning Board adopted a Positive Declaration for the Elmwood Crossing Project.  

A Draft Scope for the Elmwood Crossing Generic Environmental Impact Statement was submitted by the project sponsor. Comments on the Draft Scope can be submitted to Jason Paananen, AICP, Director of Environmental Affairs at jpaananen@city-buffalo.com until January 25, 2019.  The Draft Scope is available here

The Final Scope was adopted on January 28, 2019 and is available here.

The Project Sponsor prepared and submitted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) to the Planning Board on April 8, 2019 for determination of adequacy for public review. After review of the submitted DGEIS it was determined that additional information and documentation was required as outlined in the approved Final Scope. 

The Planning Board received a revised DGEIS for the proposed action and determined the document as adequate with respect to scope and content for the purpose of commencing public review on June 17, 2019. Comments on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement were accepted until July 29, 2019. 

The Planning Board Adopted a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on October 21, 2019. The FGEIS is below:

Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Figures and Maps 

FGEIS Appendix A 

FGEIS Appendix B

FGEIS Appendix C

FGEIS Appendix D

FGEIS Appendix E

The Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement is available for review below:


Appendix A - Master Plan

Appendix B - Programming Diagram

Appendix C - Greenspace Plan

Appendix D - Topographic Survey

Appendix E - Existing Campus Photos 

Appendix F - Existing Neighborhood Photos 

Appendix G - Major Subdivision Application

Appendix H - SEQRA Notice of Intent

Appendix I - SEQRA Positive Declaration

Appendix J - SEQRA Final Scope 

Appendix K - Proposed Interior Concepts 

Appendix L - Niagara District Zoning Map 

Appendix M - UDO Analysis Chart 

Appendix N - Energy Use Comparison 

Appendix O - Communication With Buffalo Sewer Authority 

Appendix P - Massing Diagram 

Appendix Q - Demographic Overview Report 

Appendix R - NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Application 

Appendix S - Communication with NYSDEC

Appendix T - Demolition Diagrams 

Appendix U - Construction Protection Plan 

Appendix V - Cultural Resource Analysis 

Appendix W - Transportation Study

Appendix X - Public Meeting Minutes