Building Together – Kensington Heights Project


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.


Take the Survey

The survey is now closed. Stay tuned to learn the survey results and what people said they want to see on the former Kensington Heights site.


Find Us in the Community

Over summer of 2019, the community engagement team met with 10 community groups and tabled at 15 local events and gathering places. Check out where we were in June and July.


Reach Out to Us

Have questions about the project? Want to learn how you can get involved with Building Together in the future?

Contact Kelly Wofford at to connect.

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.


In the Community Updates

A monthly recap of the events that contribute to the progress of this project.

June Update
July Update

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.


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 Beltline Taxpayers Association
Minister Dwayne R. Gillison, Sr., Mount Olive Baptist Church
Reverend Dr. William Gillison, Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Candace Moppins, Executive Director, Delavan-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.
Stephen Tucker, President and CEO, Northland Workforce Training Center
Dave Zapfel, President/CEO, Gerard Place
Karen Ziemianski, RN, MS, Senior Vice President of Nursing, ECMCC

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