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McCarley Gardens, Fruit Belt Residents Petition UB

Here is a petition just posted at Change.org:

The Burnie C. McCarley Gardens is a successful moderate to low-income Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assisted property in Buffalo, New York. Built in 1978, the 150 apartments unit is home to stable families and caring neighbors. Lawns are green and well kept; the properties are graffiti and trash free. And the property sits in the Fruit Belt neighborhood where the University at Buffalo wishes to expand its medical campus. The area’s future is being planned by an Economic Opportunity Panel that includes no one from McCarley Gardens or from the surrounding neighborhoods.

We Petitioners want the current panel dissolved and a new one convened that includes the voice of residents. McCarley Gardens and the Fruit Belt neighborhood deserve to be part of the decision making. Tell the University at Buffalo, the Oak-Michigan Housing Development Corporation, and the Economic Opportunity Panel to listen to the residents of McCarley Gardens and the Fruit Belt by signing this petition.

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, stable communities of quality affordable homes, which McCarley Gardens exemplifies. We ask that the University at Buffalo listen to the dignified residents of the McCarley Gardens and the Fruit Belt. Dissolve the current panel immediately and impanel a new decision-making group made up of those who live in the development and the surrounding neighborhoods. Residents are concerned about parking, litter, impact on the current sewer system, and other quality of life issues. The University at Buffalo is not privileged to make decisions about the Fruit Belt and Hospital Hill neighborhoods. The residents of McCarley Gardens and the Fruit Belt have the right to use their deserved voice regarding this neighborhood planning.

We, the undersigned Property Owners, Taxpayers, Residents, and concerned individuals for the human rights and dignity for all, petition the University at Buffalo, the UB Council, the Oak-Michigan Housing Development Corporation, the Economic Opportunity Panel, and the SUNY Board of Trustees, to declare a moratorium on any and all future developments in the McCarley Gardens/Fruitbelt Community area until a Master Plan is developed by a body which includes a majority of residents, property owners and tax payers of the McCarley Gardens/Fruitbelt Community. Such master plan will address the impact on the area’s sewer system, traffic, density, recreational facilities and type of property, to ensure that the McCarley Gardens/Fruitbelt citizens’ health, safety, livability and environmental concerns are properly met.

Click here to visit the petition web page and register your support for these disenfranchised Buffalonians who are trying to have their voices heard.