Featured News - Current News - Archived News - News Categories

Plans for Republic Steel Site Aired

The Buffalo News [ View Original Article ]

Buffalo Urban Development Corp. officials Wednesday shared plans to transform the 300-acre Republic Steel site into a new community along the banks of the Buffalo River.

The once-contaminated and currently barren site someday would be renamed RiverBend Commerce Park.

The informational meeting, which was held in the Emerald Ballroom of the Buffalo Irish Center on Abbott Road, attracted about 25 residents, most of them from South Buffalo neighborhoods that abut the massive parcel.

Buffalo Urban Development Corp., a small nonprofit development corporation, was tapped to be the city’s brown-field redevelopment agent for the former Republic Steel/Donner Hanna Coke site. Its vice president, David Stebbins, said the agency’s goal is to attempt to return the site to productive use.

“Our mission is to try to bring private investment and jobs to . . . Buffalo. To do that, we’re not building the buildings. What we’re doing is preparing the land for . . . private investors to come in and be able to build the type of buildings that are being suggested by these drawings here,” said Stebbins, referring to site-development renderings that were shared with the residents.

Those plans were prepared by the agency’s seven-member consultant team of architects, economic advisers and environmental specialists, based on recommendations that residents shared with them at a Feb. 2 hearing.

The site is fairly isolated. It is bounded by a rail line at its western edge. A berm runs along the east border of the parcel, and it is bounded to the south by Tifft Street. South Park cuts through the north side of the parcel, and at the far west edge of the parcel is the Buffalo River.

Site development plans show the parcel being divided into five distinct neighborhoods: Republic Park, South Park Village, RiverBend Promenade, RiverBend Commerce Park North and RiverBend Commerce Park South. They would feature mixed commercial, retail and residential uses. None of the buildings would exceed two stories in height, said Willa Kuh, an architect with Sasaki Associates of Boston, Mass.

Once a final site planned is approved, Stebbins said, the agency would mostly be responsible for building the public infrastructure in the site.

“Where we’ll start with is the green infrastructure, the buffers, the parklands, the shoreline improvements, the trail system, as well as some of the road systems there, and then create development parcels for others to come in and do that,” Stebbins said.

A third meeting with residents is planned for April and may include a tour of the site.

中华彩票网 天水市 永康市 成都市 商洛市 大庆市 镇江市 临夏市 阜新市 巴中市 萍乡市 崇州市 邓州市 平度市 河津市 台中市 衡水市 明光市 凤城市 吉林省 石首市 龙海市 黄石市 叶城市 都匀市 武穴市 朝阳市 青岛市 凤城市 葫芦岛市 仙桃市 合肥市 孝感市 邢台市 兴城市 平度市 利川市 洮南市 信阳市 常州市 宁国市 南阳市 徐州市 北宁市 邢台市 鹿泉市 池州市 北宁市 台中市 华阴市 延吉市 铁力市 兴城市 淮安市 汉川市 东阳市 焦作市 西安市 佛山市 潍坊市 甘肃省