For nearly a century, former warehouses and factories in Buffalo’s Hydraulics District sat empty, making the neighborhood look rundown and desolate. A local developer had a different imagination of what the historic Larkin warehouse could be and sparked revitalization throughout the neighborhood. The area, now referred to as the Larkin District, is a lively, mixed-use neighborhood one mile from downtown.
City View Properties commissioned a master plan for the district after completion of the warehouse building conversion to class A office occupancy. The Urban Design Project at the University at Buffalo prepared a plan calling for the creation of a strong identity driven by the history of innovation in the area, for distinctive gateways and street themes, improved transportation, and for a network of green public spaces and a public plaza. The district’s early successes led to more brownfield cleanups, additional reuse of historic buildings, and new construction.