by Jamie Moses - posted 10:54 am, April 16, 2008
Tonight, Wednesday, April 16, 6:30-8:30pm, the Allentown Association and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus host a planning work session focused on infrastructure improvements for the neighborhood. The event is at the Hamlin House, 432 Franklin Street.
The Allentown Association is working with the Medical Campus to create an infrastructure plan for the neighborhood that will serve as a guide to secure funding over the next several years to improve, repair and restore much of the public infrastructure that has not seen major work since the last public works improvements in the 1970s.
The ensuing decades have left several areas that need to once again be addressed to maintain Allentown as a premiere livable and sustainable community. This work session will address:
- Physical environment issues including sidewalk repair, street repaving, adequate and appropriate street lighting for the Historic District, etc.
- Aesthetic concerns including clearly marked pedestrian zones at busy street intersections, improvement of the neighborhood’s parks and tree planting
- Quality of life issues related to the dense population of the neighborhood including traffic calming and parking
- Enforcement of Historic Preservation Codes and action to save “at risk” structures
- Marketing the neighborhood’s major public attractions such as Kleinhans Music Hall, the Karpeles Museums, Theatre of Youth, Theodore Roosevelt National Historic site and architectural significant buildings in an effort to promote increased economic development and enhanced retail opportunities.
BNMC has retained the nationally recognized planning firm Sasaki Associates to work with Allentown to prepare a master plan for the neighborhood. We need your input to make certain the plan meet the needs of all residents and business owners. Once the plan is finalized, Allentown Association will work with BNMC, the City and State officials to fund the plan elements.
The Allentown Association asks that you join them this evening. The final plan will work best only with input from citizens.