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Planning and Information Center

400 South Park Avenue

716-995-3179


An important aspect to transforming a neighborhood is information literacy. A signature part of the BMHA Perry Choice Neighborhood Planning Initiative, the Planning and Information (P&I) Center on the corner of South Park Avenue and Louisiana St. will provide a wealth of information to residents of the Perry Choice Neighborhood.

The P&I Center is an institution, which is designed to be a connector between the planning initiative and residents of the Perry Choice Neighborhood. It is meant to be an "inspirational place"—a symbol of that the Perry Choice Neighborhood will become and a living embodiment of BMHA, and its partners, to the creation of a community where the residents will have the best that Buffalo and Western New York have to offer.

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Its goal is to forge creative and innovative strategies aimed at getting residents to participate actively in all phases of the neighborhood planning and development process, to increase their information literacy rate and help them solve problems that thwart the community building process.

The P&I Center is also a work place equipped with the technology to enable the staff, along with residents, to work on the Perry Choice neighborhood planning initiative, provide select services to residents, and become a major source of information on issues and community building questions that impact residents/ Toward this end, the P&I Center will offer computer classes, provide after-school tutorial sessions for students, along with a quiet place for them to study and use a computer. Additionally, it will assist residents in searching for employment, supportive services and developing their resumes, and obtaining email addresses. The P&I Center also manages the Perry Choice Neighborhood website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and publishes the bimonthly newsletter, Our Neighborhood. Our Choice.

Under the leadership of neighborhood residents, the Center helps to intensify resident involvement in the project. This represents our quest to make participatory democracy a living force in this project. The center will be a place where residents can go to learn about the planning project, make suggestions on how the neighborhood should be improved and sign-up to participate in events. Within this framework, the P&I seek to turn Perry Choice neighborhood into a "community of learning" and to find creative and innovative ways to involve the residents in the planning and neighborhood development process.

 

The PCN Transformation Plan

The final Perry Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan is complete and has been submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. To view the plan and other documents related to the 2013 HUD Choice Neighborhoods NOFA, please click here.

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