Site Design Options
Concept A builds on the design framework set up by community input, City-led initiatives and site constraints. The most distinguishing feature of this concept is the development of a large central park and the Life Chances Center on Perry Street, surrounded by a mix of new green residential building types that range from 3-story walk-up apartments to 2-story duplexes. Mixed-use buildings are envisioned along S. Park Ave and Perry Street on the western side of the Perry site - closer to market changing investments in Buffalo such as the casino and Webster Block redevelopment. A new street is designed over the alignment of the Ohio Basin Slip, restoring the heritage of the site within a new urban street grid. Designed within this grid are compact, walkable blocks with street-front addresses for all new housing units and parking hidden behind buildings.
Concept B uses the same design framework as the other two concepts, but explores two new ideas - Fulton Street as a green corridor connector within the site and the Life Chances Center on S. Park Ave. Fulton Street is realigned to accommodate the existing BMHA towers, and it is designed to connect the two neighborhood parks along an east-west axis. The Life Chances Center on S. Park benefits from the visibility of being on a busy arterial and its adjacency next to existing commercial uses and a new park. Similar to the approach of Concepts A and C, building types range from mixed-use buildings from the west to lower density 2-story duplexes to the east in context with the residential character of the Old First Ward neighborhood.
Concept C distributes open space more evenly throughout the entire Perry Homes site, while introducing a diagonal street/pedestrian walkway near the existing BMHA towers. The diagonal street is inspired from Buffalo's unique radial streets while integrating the existing residential towers to the new design. The diagonal street also connects the intersections of Perry/Chicago and S. Park/Louisiana - two important nodes on the site with commercial potential. New park-front streets and the new Ohio Basin Slip Alignment Street create more connections and intersections on the site. In accordance to community preference, park-front homes are three-story multi-family buildings with minimal front yards. The Life Chances Center is located on Perry Street in this concept.
The preferred Perry site plan incorporates positive comments from the community on the three conceptual site plans and integrates them into one cohesive design. A central park and adjacent Life Chances Center anchor the site while smaller neighborhood parks ensure that every new home is a block away from well designed and programmed open space amenities. The preferred plan is both inward and outward looking. New Perry Homes is designed to integrate into the existing neighborhood via new streets and parks in key areas where adjacent opportunity sites exist. Perry Street is envisioned as the corridor to connect new investments from the west to the east through a revitalized corridor lined with new parks, rehabbed residential towers, new loft apartments, and the Life Chances Center (LCC). The LCC is designed to be constructed in three phases, and will contain a wide range of programs including a pre-school, a field house and gym, a banquet room, and an aquatic facility. S. Park Avenue is envisioned as a commercial corridor with flexible live/work units that can respond to changing market demands. The preferred concept honors the industrial heritage of the site through a new Ohio Basin Slip Street and a new Ohio Basin Slip Park that mirrors Conway Park (former turning basin) to the south.