Speaking of new stadium, Orchard Park and Hamburg are looking for ways to encourage spin-offs | Business premises
A consultant study commissioned by New York State and released last year determined that building a new stadium in Orchard Park would not generate much new development in the city unless a concerted effort was made. made by stakeholders in the region.
“This could change through concerted policy efforts by the municipality, county, state and/or team, however, community facility uses are likely the most feasible given demand trends,” according to the AECOM report.
Currently, much of the property around the Orchard Park stadium is zoned for residential use, with the exception of a commercial strip at Abbott Road and Southwestern Boulevard, according to the Orchard Park Councilman, Conor Flynn.
“I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but we really should start looking more closely at how the city can plan for a new stadium,” said Flynn, who would like to see Orchard Park City Council create a stadium. . Committee.
Reilly, Hamburg’s planning consultant, said the city should be equally involved in the process, pointing out that Hamburg’s border adjoins the stadium area and its parking lots.
Reilly, of Wendel Architects and Engineers, said the “stadium impact zone”, which includes the “seven corners” of McKinley Parkway in Hamburg, up to the southwest boulevard towards the Highmark stadium, is mainly a mixture of light industrial and heavy industrial zoning and includes some residential properties. Currently, commercial uses in the area are limited.