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City of Buffalo Open Houses

City of Buffalo Open Houses

A Statement Released by Erie County

The City of Buffalo will host public Open Houses in nine neighborhoods throughout Buffalo between June 4 through June 9, to present and get public input on the draft elements of the city’s new zoning code, which was last updated in 1953. These public events will offer citizens an opportunity to preview the draft code, learn how the code will benefit their neighborhood, and discuss the details at Open House stations with project team members. 

The attached citywide fliers describe the initiative in greater detail. They were prepared by the City of Buffalo, and are being provided as a courtesy by the Division of Environmental Remediation within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

This update is associated in part with the Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant coordinated by the New York State Department of State.

Grisanti Bill Allows Common Council To Appoint One Member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Grisanti Bill Allows Common Council To Appoint One Member of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I -60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.3133B to amend the public housing law to grant the Buffalo Common Council the power to appoint one commissioner to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority governing board. 

The Housing Authority will now be comprised of seven members including two elected by tenants, one member appointed by the common council and four members appointed by the mayor of the City of Buffalo.    The Mayor will designate the Chairman who will serve at his pleasure.  Members of the Municipal Housing Authority receive a designated salary and the two tenant members receive a monthly stipend of $250.

Profitable Preservation: Understanding Historic Tax Credits

Profitable Preservation: Understanding Historic Tax Credits

PROFITABLE PRESERVATION: UNDERSTANDING HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York presents: Artspace Buffalo case study

WHO: The Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute, and guest speakers Jason Yots of Preservation Studios, and Gerald Strickland, Jr. of HHL Architects.

WHAT: The Young Leaders Group is providing an afternoon of exploring the ‘ins and outs’ of the Commercial Historic Tax Credit program. The incentive program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings, and is one of the Nation’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. A tour of Artspace Buffalo is included.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Leveraging Anchor Institutions for Economic Development

Leveraging Anchor Institutions for Economic Development

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE OF WESTERN NEW YORK PRESENTS: LEVERAGING ANCHORING INSTITUTIONS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Panel presentation includes national expert in the fields of University real estate and retail development

WHO: The Urban Land Institute, a global nonprofit research and education organization, will host guest speakers: Lisa Prasad, Principal, u3 Ventures; Matthew K. Enstice, Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; and Robert Shibley, Dean, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. Moderator for the panel is Christina Orsi, Director of Western New York’s Regional Office Empire State Development.

WHAT: The moderated panel discussion will outline how academic and health institutions can serve as economic growth engines, which have proven to be the case in other markets to spur growth and development in their surrounding communities.

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his sponsorship of bill (S-6664) to establish a real property tax exemption of thirty five percent for a period of no longer than twenty years for homes that meet certain specific National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  The goal of this legislation is to incentivize builders to invest in green homes which are typically more expensive to build.

Builders will have to ensure that the lot is located near mass transit, protects high value vegetation, soil improved with organic mulch, low flow showers and toilets mandated, energy star rating of 3.0 or higher, at least one renewable energy for the house, rain barrels provided at no less than 2 downspouts and over fifty percent of the internal components must be green certified products. These are some but not all of the requirements spelled out in the legislation.

Remington Lofts, A Successful Formula for Western New York

Remington Lofts, A Successful Formula for Western New York

The Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute, will host a presentation on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.

Brendan Mehaffy Provides Status on City's Green Code

BRENDAN MEHAFFY PROVIDES STATUS ON CITY’S GREEN CODE TO URBAN LAND INSTITUTE’S YOUNG LEADERS GROUP OF WESTERN NEW YORK
City of Buffalo’s head of strategic planning offered perspective on strategic initiatives to restructure and enhance the downtown development process

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute, hosted a lunch and learn with Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of the City of Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning, at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on Thursday, March 29, 2012.