I went over to Wilson Street early this afternoon to take a closer look at the Steven's farm location. The first pic looks north on Wilson Street and the second is looking south towards St. Stanislaus.
Wilson Street - Looking North
While walking on Wilson Street I counted three houses on the Broadway/Sycamore block, one appeared to be occupied. Across the street there were 14 garage/barn structures. Two appeared to be in great shape and the rest, in various stages of decay. I don't know anything about the ownership of the property on Fillmore (next block over) except that Council President David Franczyk lives on the block a few doors aways from this location - Death at 830 Fillmore Avenue
- that I visited in January.
Wilson Street - Looking South
I spoke the Mark Byrnes, Common Council President David Franczyk's staffer while leaving Wilson Street earlier this afternoon. He informed me that all the calls coming into the office are overwhelmingly positive and supportive of the Steven's plan and vision for this part of the planet.
The administration seems to think economic development means houses. Get a little out of town into rural areas and farming is the economic development base. Farmed well that 2 acres could be a terrific business venture. Now there are some economic advantages attached to farmland that might decrease what the city can take in from taxes but for so many reasons this makes more economic development sense than does housing on that land. Besides a great little farm would probably be such an asset it would raise the real estate value of the surrounding properties. Agriculture remains the number one industry in NYS. We in Erie and Niagara Counties have too many policies restricting farming compared to other counties. Very backwards given food system trends.
I'll be taking a closer look at and running a property ownership analysis on nearby streets in the next few days. Seems like this part of Broadway Fillmore is full of city owned vacant parcels. Many of my Urban Prairie pics
were shot in the same neighborhood over the last few years.
Meanwhile, consider joining the Wilson Street Urban Farm Group
on Facebook. Read Chris Byrd's posts over at Broadway Fillmore Alive
and check out the latest comment stream on Buffalo Rising about this project - Urban Farm vs Housing