A series of public workshops and walking tours are planned in North Tonawanda as part of a plan to promote walkability, vibrancy, urban development, local sense of place and quality of life.
The first tour, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday <April30> will focus on Webster Street, in particular, Charlie Fleishman Park, and will meet in the Manhattan Street municipal lot.
The second tour is planned for 10 a.m. to noon May 10, focusing on potential Neighborhood Gateways at the intersections of Oliver and Goundry streets and Oliver and Thompson streets and will meet in the Rainbow Roller Rink parking lot.
The third tour will be held 3 to 5 p.m. May 10<cq> with a focus on potential Feature Gateways at the intersections of River Road and Goundry Street and River Road and Thompson Street and will meet in the Manhattan Street municipal parking lot.
These events are a result of a state award of $2.5 million in 2017 as part of the $20 million Smart Growth Community Fund Buffalo Billion II initiative, focusing on projects that use existing infrastructure to support placemaking, walkable communities and sustainable development. Funding awards were recommended and approved by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC).
As a result, the City of North Tonawanda has undertaken the MomeNTum Downtown Placemaking Plan, led by Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC.