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National Grid's Commitment to Reenergize Gill Creek Park Comes Into Full Bloom

National Grid's Commitment to Reenergize Gill Creek Park Comes Into Full Bloom

Niagara Falls Park receives another installment of $125,000 extreme makeover

In what has become something of a rite of spring, more than 50 National Grid employees returned to Gill Creek Park in Niagara Falls to continue efforts to beautify and transform this popular public park and community asset into one of Niagara County’s most picturesque and useful green spaces.  This is the fourth time in five years that National Grid volunteers have worked with city and neighbor organizations on projects in the park. 

Senator Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

Senator Grisanti's Bill Designates Pedestrian Bridge 'Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge'

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced passage of bill that amends the highway law to designate the bridge that crosses over Route 198 into Delaware Park that connects Nottingham Terrace with Hoyt Lake in the City of Buffalo as "Scajaquada 9/11 Memorial Bridge."
 
The renaming of the bridge - approved with the passage of Senate Bill 1599 - culminated the efforts of local community activists who have been working on this project for over two years as part of their ongoing efforts to have a memorial in the city that honors people who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"Feeding the World: Celebrating Buffalo's Grain Scoopers"

"Feeding the World: Celebrating Buffalo's Grain Scoopers"

Buffalo, N.Y. – Today the Valley Community Association announced its “Feeding the World: Celebrating Buffalo's Grain Scoopers” commemorative event, which will pay tribute to an important aspect of the City of Buffalo’s industrial and cultural heritage.

“The history of Buffalo’s First Ward and Valley neighborhoods is directly tied to the thousands of mostly-Irish scoopers who toiled as laborers at the mills and docks along the Buffalo River,” said VCA Executive Director Peg Overdorf.  “This fun event will be a way to recall the rich chronicles of our region, while at the same time enjoying a visit to the great new waterfront destination that is Mutual Riverfront Park.”

The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 25th, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 p.m.  Mutual Riverfront Park is located at 41 Hamburg Street, Buffalo, NY 14210.

Event details include the following:

Stars Along Scajaquada

Stars Along Scajaquada

On Saturday, May 18 the Historic Preservation Committee of the Black Rock-Riverside Good Neighbor Planning Alliance will hold a War of 1812 event titled STARS ALONG SCAJAQUADA.

Ryan Wants Urban Land Institute to Help Plan Children’s Hospital Relocation

Ryan Wants Urban Land Institute to Help Plan Children’s Hospital Relocation

A Statement Released by New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan 

BUFFALO – On Wednesday, February 13,  New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan called on Kaleida Health to engage the Urban Land Institute to help guide the process for determining what can be done with the current Women and Children’s Hospital campus located in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village.

Women and Children’s Hospital will move to a new location at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus by December of 2015 and will be renamed the John R. Oshei Children’s Hospital.

Ryan held a public meeting last month to hear community ideas for what should be done when the current Women and Children’s Hospital campus becomes vacant. Many attendees urged continued public involvement and outside ideas to determine the future of the hospital.

BMHA Hosts Public Workshop on Thursday

BMHA Hosts Public Workshop on Thursday

On Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to attend a workshop to review preliminary recommendations and offer feedback on a retail marketing study and commercial revitalization plan for the Perry Choice and First Ward Neighborhood. The meeting will be held in the Perry Auditorium at 416 Louisiana Street.

The workshop is free and is being held by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Seneca Gaming Corp, the Perry Choice Planning Initiative and the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies.

Event organizers hope this workshop will generate ideas for storefronts, attract investors and spur new development for the neighborhood.

First Phase Of Redevelopment Of Richardson Olmsted Complex In Buffalo Announced

First Phase Of Redevelopment Of Richardson Olmsted Complex In Buffalo Announced

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) today announced the first phase of redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex, a National Historic Landmark in Buffalo. The state support for the redevelopment of the 19th century complex will leverage private investment and create over 500 construction jobs and up to 90 permanent full-time jobs.

The iconic Towers Administration Building and two adjacent ward buildings – about one-third of the 480,000 square foot, 140 year old complex – will be recreated as a boutique hotel, event and conference space and Buffalo Architecture Center. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy announced an architect team, hotel operator and construction manager that will undertake the transformation of this iconic landmark today at a press conference.