Pocket park latest in planned improvements to Niagara Street streetscape (The Buffalo News)

Mark Sommer - The Buffalo News

June 24, 2022

Originally published in The Buffalo News on June 24, 2022.

A pocket park with seating areas and a public art component is coming to a former industrial site at the corner of Niagara Street and Lafayette Avenue.

The city-owned land, roughly three-quarters of an acre, is on the former site of the Meyer Malting grain elevator, demolished in 2006. The land – on a stretch of Niagara Street undergoing streetscape improvements and the opening of new businesses – is being remediated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“With this project, we are going to be able to bring new life to a brownfield site and turn it into a community gathering space for a neighborhood that has a real need for more walkable, natural recreation options," said State Sen. Sean Ryan, who secured a $250,000 state grant for the project.

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