Local Leaders Voice Concern For Elmwood Village

Change in culture brought on by new developments

Matt Moran
July 18, 2018 - 5:00 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Elmwood Village has seen a boom in development over the years. But some are saying it may become a victim of its own success. 

Jessie Fischer, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, has seen the Village grow into one of the most vibrant communities in the nation. But now she says more and more development projects have been approved recently that are do not help it grow.

"We're taking away things on the national register for historic places and replacing it with it things that could be in any community in Western New York and that's not what made Elmwood special and that's not what is going to continue to make Elmwood special," Fischer said.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says the village is on the verge of losing its neighborhood feel as these developments have begun to spill into residential areas. 

"Nobody wants to live in a residential neighborhood that has these non conforming buildings just plopped down," Assemblyman Ryan said. "It's not good for the community."

Ryan says the City allowing developers to create oversized projects without meeting the City's Green Code, the development ordinance that restricts height and sizes of buildings, is part of the problem.

"They give the developers what they want and they tell the community you can go sue," Assemblyman Ryan said."I don't know why they would be treating their residents that way in favor of a corporation."

Fischer  understands why developers want to come to such a hot bed but she says they have to work with the community so that they are not making change that could harm Elmwood's future. 

"If we don't manage the type of change we might look back 20 years from now and say how did we let that happen," Fischer said. "It was only a house here, it was only a large bar here, but it's the cumulative effects of everything that has us concerned."

 

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