The Village of Hamburg is looking to its West End for growth so the village can avoid future fiscal stress, and it is getting community input on proposals.
"It's all about repurposing what we've got," said special projects coordinator Paul Becker.
One possibility being studied is consolidating the village Public Works Department on Pleasant Avenue, the Erie County Highway and New York State Department of Transportation garages on West Avenue, as well as the state DOT garage on Evans Street and Town of Hamburg Highway Department on Lakeview Road.
"That would free up 12 acres," Becker said.
Village officials are envisioning townhouses, apartments and condos, retail and office space in the West End – but no public works barns or highway garages.
"Very conceptual at this time, but it shows potential," Becker said.
The village presented concept drawings of potential changes to the public during an open house June 27.
Among the concepts:
Two roundabouts are shown on Lake Street at the intersections with Pleasant Avenue and Main and Evans streets:
The West End would be transformed if highway garages are moved from West and Pleasant avenues. The four departments are operating 19 buildings within 3.5 miles of one another. The village won a grant to study the feasibility of reducing the number of sites. One plan has housing erected where the village DPW is now located:
Industrial property and a former junkyard would get a new look: