Parklane or Bust!
In less than two weeks, there will be a Planning Board hearing to determine whether or not the Parklane project will move forward. Parklane Condominiums is an idea whose time has come. I know what many of you are thinkingâŚ something along the lines of, âOh boy, here we go again.â The proper papers were filed on May 18th and the public has been kept apprised as to the planning stages. No variances. No zoning issues. The design is thoughtful and considerate. (See massing study image below). This is as clean as it gets. The need for condos is there. So what's the stumbling block?
There are two. First, I have a pretty good idea about which segment of the public plans on voicing their opinions at the hearing. Believe it or not it is a big deal when you step back and think about who will show up to express their views on June 5th. The problem is that the hearing takes place during the middle of the workday. Who has time to attend? The room will be skewed with those that oppose the building of the condosâthose who have time to take off from work, if they have to work at all. With no one there to support the project, it might seem as if the public is against the idea. We canât expect you to take from work that day to support the construction of the Parklane condosâŚ unless you feel so strongly about it that you would be willing to disrupt your busy schedule. But that doesn't have to mean your voice will not be heard.
Those opposing the Parklane project have garnered 2000 signatures over the last eight months. We've decided that the other side of the fence deserves to be heard as well. Without public support we may not see future progress on Gates. Thatâs why we're organizing a viral support campaign to show there are those that want to see the Parklane project come to fruition. Please consider adding your name, email address and zip code to the petition that supports the Parklane condos. Your email address will not be displayed or used for any correspondence whatsoever. We have less than two weeks to match or exceed 2000 anti-signatures. We will re-post this information this coming Tuesday because we know that people are out enjoying the long weekend, but at this stage in the game, every hour counts. If you back the building, send this link to your like-minded friends. We need to get the word out that the time is now to show support. If you ever wondered how you could make a difference, this is it. If you think that your âsignatureâ wonât make a difference, youâre wrong. There are many people watching to see what unfolds in the next few days.
Mark my words: This Parklane project is just the tip of the iceberg. There are developers paying close attention to Buffalo at this juncture. They're looking to see if the winds of change are genuinely blowing across our city. What signal are we sending to those who want to invest here? Voices opposing this project have been heard.
Now it's time to let yours be heard loud and clear.