State, Feds: Peace Bridge Plaza Will Have “Adverse Effect”
by Geoff Kelly - posted 12:43 pm, October 24, 2008
The Prospect Hill-Columbus Park Association and the Campaign for Greater Buffalo today released a statement about a determination by state and federal agencies that the proposed plaza expansion at the Peace Bridge would have an adverse impact on the surrounding area:
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) have declared that the controversial Peace Bridge Expansion Project would have a negative effect on the surrounding area if it goes through as currently proposed. Specifically, the FHWA has found that the project would harm the historic and cultural resources of the Prospect Hill Historic District, previously identified in the environmental review process as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The boundaries of the Prospect Hill Historic District encompass 73 contributing properties. In addition, 29 properties outside the boundaries of the District, ranging from the Peace Bridge itself to the Hutchinson Memorial Chapel and Niagara Hall, a commercial building on Niagara Street, are eligible for listing and fall under federal and state protections. Lastly, The Connecticut Street Armory, Porter Avenue, and Front, Columbus, and Prospect parks are already listed on the National Register. Eligible properties and districts have the same protections under state and federal law as those already listed.
We’ll look into this to see how it affects the neighborhood’s bid to stop the plaza expansion.