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Timeline of Past Events

August 2017

With the assistance of BURA, LISC hosted a small introductory meeting with community stakeholders, and the housing and urban planning firms McCormack Baron Salazar and Urban Design Associates to begin a conversation about stakeholders’ ideas and needs for neighborhood revitalization. 


October 2017

LISC hosted a community meeting at the Greater Works Christian Fellowship with residents, stakeholders, businesses, City of Buffalo OSP, BURA, MBS, and UDA to garner a larger pool of feedback for creating a neighborhood revitalization strategy. There were over 60 individuals in attendance and after a short presentation by UDA, residents were asked to complete a dot mapping exercise to answer the following questions about Masten Park Cold Spring:

  • What’s working in the neighborhood?
  • What are the problems in the neighborhood?
  • What would you like to see happen? Where should we start?
Cold Spring Masten Park Infill & Revitalization
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May 2018

In May 2018, LISC hosted a series 3-day series of Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy community meetings with residents, and key stakeholders that included a presentation of an analysis of the dot exercises and what was heard in August and October 2017, get additional feedback from residents, and devise a strategy for next steps.

May 2018 Community Presentation
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August 2018

LISC hosted a trip to Pittsburgh, PA to visit various affordable and mixed-income housing and community developments completed by the affordable housing development firm McCormack Baron Salazar with the design and community engagement process facilitated by UDA. The meeting was followed up by a debrief with participants to discuss their reactions to what they saw.

LISC staff and Masten Park/Cold Spring stakeholders on Pittsburgh trip

January 2019

Over 50 residents and key stakeholders in Masten Park Cold Spring attended our recent community meeting. Julie Barrett O’Neill introduced herself as our new ED and gave an overview presentation of LISC’s resources, reaffirmed our commitment to working in the neighborhood and shared next steps.

January 2019 Community Presentation
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February 2019

On February 11, LISC and several of our  local housing organizations hosted a community meeting to open up the discussion around a housing action strategy for the Masten Park/Cold Springs neighborhoods. Organizations represented included Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Habitat for Humanity, BENLIC, and  FLARE. Topics discussed included:

  • What are the existing housing assets and opportunities?
  • What type of new housing would the community like to see?
  • What are the opportunities and resources for home ownership rehab?
  • How can vacant lots made available to existing owners, non-profits and community developers?
February Meeting Presentation
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What We've Learned

Read the summary of what we heard from residents at the community meetings we've held thus far.

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