Urban Design Masterplan for Niagara Falls Opportunity Area
Professional | Summer + Fall 2016
Client: City of Niagara Falls | Buffalo, NY
Collaborators: City of Niagara Falls, LABELLA, UBRI, TWLA, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Size: 1,800 Acres
The design was revealed to the public on 2/28, receiving community support and enthusiasm. You can find the news segment here.
The Niagara Opportunity Area is an industrial and residential neighborhood disconnected to the waterfront by disinvestment in Buffalo Avenue and Robert Moses Parkway that runs along Niagara River. This conceptual masterplan was a result of several community and stakeholder meetings, identifying four key areas.
With the removal of parts of the Robert Moses Parkway, the framework draws connections from the neighborhood towards the waterfront while highlighting the historical significance of “Energy” to the development of Niagara Falls. Furthermore, the industrial landscape is a unique characteristic of the city and is celebrated throughout the masterplan.
Research, Analysis, Presentation Material, Phase 1 Visualizations, Phase 2 Base Visualizations
ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Rhino, Sketchup, Lumion, Adobe Suite
Hiro Hata (Lead Urban Designer), Alan Chan, Haitham Daza, Nashon Jagroop
Full Project Credit:
The City of Niagara Falls: Tom DeSantis, Senior Planner
LaBella: Edward Flynn, Lead Consultant
UBRI: Urban Design and Planning, Robert Shibley, Dean and Professor; Bradshaw Hovey, Project Manager; Hiro Hata, Urban Designer and Planner-in-charge, Production Group: Haithem Daza, Alan Chan, Nashon Jagroop
Subs: TWLA Landscape Architect; Parsons Brinkerhoff