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Four Neighborhoods, One Community

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As part of our ongoing efforts to continue the conversation about our shared community, the BNMC hosts forums for community leaders and business owners from the neighborhoods around the Medical Campus to get together. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 23rd, and the topic will be transportation on and around the BNMC. Please contact Ekua Mends-Aidoo at emends-aidoo@bnmc.org or 716.854.BNMC (2662).

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.

Four Neighborhoods, One Community includes three separate documents:

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.