1. The former Erie Railroad Station area presents
a unique opportunity to build a critical connection
between the West End and the riverfront. Physically
connecting pedestrian access and adding
commercial uses between the station and the
river’s edge will create a strong link between the
two areas. Proper placement of building forms
and features will enhance the continuity needed
to link the north and south sides of the city.
2. New development should help create active and vibrant streets that connect the West End to downtown. To this end, active retail and other public uses should be incorporated into the street-level design of buildings at or near the corner of Third and Washington streets.
3. Parking garages are often important components of an urban environment. If sited and designed poorly, however, they have the potential to deaden the street environment. To avoid this, place retail or other active public uses at the street level of garages.
The West End provides a clear opportunity for establishing a concentrated
cultural and entertainment district. Physically linking the West End to
downtown and the riverfront is an important factor in making the downtown
a successful destination. The stronger these connections grow through
complementary uses, the more substantial the link becomes to the overall comprehensive attraction.
Extend the pedestrian environment
Building orientation to improve continuity between
the north and south sides of the city