Ellicott Town Center

Buffalo, New York

An award winning master plan and facilities improvement program, the Ellicott Town Center project privatized a 13 acre public housing site in Buffalo, New York by rehabilitating 4 existing midrise towers, demolishing another 4 similar towers and developing a street grid to stitch the site back into the surrounding neighborhood. The plan includes health care, day care, convenient resident parking, shopping, dedicated senior housing and a community center. The integration of new construction with the total redesign of the mid-rise towers resulted in a neighborhood that includes a wide range of ages and incomes.

Key "defensible space" strategies and common sense planning principles such as getting families out of towers and back to "at grade living" are deployed throughout the site.