Some points predate Kulpa’s tenure. The Boulevard Mall, for instance, has struggled for years.
The city tried to encourage curiosity from builders within the 63-acre mall property when it was put up for public sale in spring 2019. And it has taken the lead on redesigning and rezoning the location, now owned by Douglas Jemal, to permit for mixed-use improvement that includes housing and smaller-scale enterprise area.
Amherst has pledged to put money into infrastructure, together with roads that may break up the monolithic mall constructing and surrounding sea of asphalt. Development has not began however might later this 12 months, Kulpa stated.
“It is a unprecedented alternative and it units us up, I feel, for a tax base for Amherst’s future,” he stated.
On Niagara Falls Boulevard, a joint audit of a piece of the dangerously busy street in 2018 by the cities of Amherst and Tonawanda preceded an in-depth examine by the state Division of Transportation the next 12 months. The state and cities have begun work to make the street safer, with extra work deliberate.
And a objective, introduced in November 2019, of planting a million timber in Amherst inside 5 years, has produced coverage adjustments requiring tree plantings by builders however an unknown variety of timber within the floor.
He has made progress in reorganizing the city’s Planning Division, with a concentrate on financial redevelopment, and the city in pre-pandemic days held a sequence of stakeholder planning conferences with residents in each neighborhood.