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Four Neighborhoods, One Community

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IMG_5966-1024x576“Four Neighborhoods, One Community,” an ongoing conversation with nearby community members, business owners and Campus employees, has allowed the BNMC to address shared concerns with bordering neighborhoods of Allentown, the Fruit Belt, and Downtown Buffalo.  Our quarterly stakeholder meetings continue to empower and engage residents, forge relationships, discuss critical issues and collaborate on solutions.

Join us at our quarterly meetings! Click date to RSVP.

Please contact Ekua Mends-Aidoo at emends-aidoo@bnmc.org or 716.218-7608 with any questions.


 Community Engagement Forum

The BNMC was created to address shared issues among our member institutions and our adjacent neighborhoods with the goal of furthering economic growth, igniting urban revitalization and building a strong, thriving community on and beyond our campus borders.  Recognizing that many campus issues impact our adjacent neighborhoods and the importance of communication with local residents, this section provides information on current initiatives that may be of interest to residents of the Fruit Belt, Allentown and Downtown neighborhoods. We also mail a bi-monthly postcard to neighborhoods within our one-mile radius. Read the current issue. 

Neighborhood Solar Project

The BNMC is working closely with National Grid to introduce the Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar Partnership that will bring energy savings for residents of the Fruit Belt. The no-cost, voluntary opportunity includes the installation of free energy systems on up to 100 qualifying homes.  The next informational Community Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 – 7pm at the Moot Senior Center at 292 High Street, Buffalo.  Participating residents may also benefit from free roof repairs and/or electrical panel upgrades (depending on the homes condition) and may also have the opportunity to receive a free energy assessment and may be eligible for free energy efficiency programs.

Please contact Ekua Mends-Aidoo at emends-aidoo@bnmc.org for more information.

City & BNMC Announce Tentative Agreement for Long-Term Lease of Ellicott Goodrich Garage

City officials have announced a tentative agreement for a long-term lease of the Ellicott Goodrich Garage that would allow the BNMC to build a new garage on the site and expand parking for patients, visitors, and employees. Learn more. 

BNMC Engages Fruit Belt Community in Resident Parking Survey

BNMC continues to provide survey for Fruit Belt Neighborhood on Parking Issues.

BNMC Statement in Support of Parking Permit Legislation for Fruit Belt Residents

The BNMC strongly supports legislation, proposed by State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assembly-member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and supported by Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, which would ensure that Fruit Belt residents have access to parking in their neighborhood through a new parking permit system designed specifically for the Fruit Belt.

How has the BNMC been planning for the parking needs on the Medical Campus?

There has been considerable planning and management of parking and transportation issues for the Medical Campus since 2007 when we conducted the first comprehensive study of the issue.  Since that time, the BNMC and its partners have worked diligently to develop strategies to adequately plan for current and future parking needs on Campus including creating new parking options such as the Michigan Avenue Garage as well as a focus on alternative transportation options such as transit, carpooling and biking options.

Read the minutes for our past meetings:

2016 Minutes

2015 Minutes

History of Four Neighborhoods, One Community

Since its inception, the BNMC has met regularly with neighborhood leaders, and in 2008 the BNMC, in partnership with the City of Buffalo and the Fruit Belt and Allentown neighborhoods, embarked on a planning process called Four Neighborhoods, One Community designed to capture previous planning efforts and empower community members to speak with one voice about the changes they would like to see in their neighborhoods.

In addition, the plan takes into account the connectivity to downtown Buffalo. The award-winning Queen City Hub: A Regional-Action Plan for Downtown serves as the plan for downtown Buffalo. This plan can be viewed on the Urban Design Project website.

This comprehensive approach is designed to further integrate Medical Campus-wide planning efforts as well as those of the individual BNMC institutions with those occurring in the surrounding community, specifically Allentown, the Fruit Belt, and downtown Buffalo. The objective is coordinated planning and development that reflects an integrated and complimentary approach to effectively represent four distinct areas as a single community, ultimately resulting in a shared neighborhood benefit to all of the growth happening on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This will ensure that the resources going into the BNMC do not result in positive impact only within their boundaries but shared by the surrounding community.

Four Neighborhoods, One Community is designed to position Buffalo as a national model for how the BNMC as an urban campus and economic development engine can effectively develop and grow in conjunction with surrounding neighborhoods for the benefit of the greater community.

The BNMC and the City hosted four community forums in 2008 in both Allentown and the Fruit Belt. More than 100 residents, business owners, and community members gathered to discuss the changes they would like to see in their neighborhoods.

This process was led by Sasaki Associates and Madden Planning Group, planning and urban design firms with experience integrating neighborhoods and economic development engines to benefit the greater community.

Many thanks to the John R. Oishei Foundation for providing the funding for this initiative.