Building Together – Kensington Heights Project

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Join ECMC in shaping the future of Kensington Heights.

The community vision process is underway to inform future investments at the 17-acre Kensington Heights site.

Get Involved and Join the Conversation

Whether you work or live in this neighborhood or are a visitor, your voice is important to the conversation.

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Take the Survey

How do you imagine the future of this site? Tell us your thoughts by taking our brief online survey. Survey closes early August.

Take the Survey
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Find Us in the Community

Our community engagement team will be tabling and engaging with neighborhood groups through the summer. Come find us and share your ideas!

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Reach Out to Us

Want us to come to your meeting? Have ideas or pictures you want to share with us about the site and surrounding neighborhood?

Contact Us

About This Place

History and Context

Kensington Heights public housing complex was constructed in 1958, and housed hundreds of residents in six high-rise buildings. By the 1980s, the complex was closed and stood vacant for 30 years. In 2010, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority began demolishing the towers. In 2018, ECMC purchased the property and is engaging the community to help shape priorities that ground future planning of the 17-acre site in community values.

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Partners and Process

ECMC is partnering with the UB School of Architecture and Planning and one of its research centers the UB Regional Institute on this initiative. Throughout 2019, students, faculty, and professional staff will conduct research and engagement activities to understand how community needs and aspirations can be incorporated into the site’s future redevelopment.

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Community Advisory Committee to Guide the Process

Teresa Bianchi, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity
Pastor Mark Blue, President, NAACP Buffalo Chapter
Sheila L. Brown, Vision Multi Media Group/Power 96.5 FM
Reverend Jeff Elgin Carter, Jr., Ephesus Ministries
Beverly Crowell, President, Northland Taxpayer Association
Pastor William Gillison, Mt. Olive Baptist Church
L. Nathan Hare, President & CEO, Community Action Organization of Western New York, Inc.
Candace Moppins, Executive Director, Delevan-Grider Community Center
Pastor Kinzer M. Pointer, Jr., Agape Fellowship Baptist Church/Chair, Board of Managers, Millennium Collaborative Care
Rita Hubbard-Robinson, Patient Activation Measure Director/Consultant, Millennium Collaborative Care
Eugenio Russi, Executive Director, Hispanos Unidos de Buffalo
John Somers, President, Harmac Medical Products, Inc.
Dave Zapfel, President/CEO, Gerard Place
Karen Ziemianski, RN, MS, Senior Vice President of Nursing, ECMCC

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