Changes to Allen Street Discussed in Meeting

BUFFALO, NY- Allentown residents got a chance Wednesday to see some possible changes to Allen Street.

Buffalo Department of Public Works officials showed off four design concepts for Allen Street during a meeting discussing the Allentown Extension Project. Residents had the opportunity to see the designs and leave comments about each one.

Allentown leaders believe the changes would allow them to handle the volume of people that come to the neighborhood for festivals and shopping.

"What we're doing is we are looking at how the street is used today, versus how it was used 30 years ago, 50 years ago, 100 years ago and saying how can we improve the design of this street so that it works well not only for today, but 50 years into the future and accommodate the various needs people require," Jonathan White, President of the Allentown Association said.

Possible design changes included the number of street lanes, room for bike lanes and expanded sidewalks. The final design would likely incorporate a mix of these elements.

Work on the project is expected to begin in 2015.


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