Good planning and site design requires a broad knowledge base, which we provide through our diverse group of licensed engineers, planners, architectural designers, landscape architects, professional geologists, and scientists. Our experienced landscape architects provide environmentally sensitive planning and design services and our familiarity with zoning, subdivision and building codes, environmental regulations and permitting will help guide you through the regulatory process. Let our technical capabilities lay the groundwork for smart growth in your community.
Village of Seneca Falls Dissolution Assistance
The Village and Town of Seneca Falls in Seneca County, New York, had been searching for the most efficient, cost effective means of governing the community given an increasing tax burden, and aging population, facilities, and infrastructure, as well as share revenue from the Seneca Meadows Landfill. The Village Board and its residents examined dissolution and prepared a Dissolution Plan, funded by the New York Department of State under the Local Government Efficiency Grant program. The Plan examined the effects of dissolution, explored potential alternatives, and suggested a basic framework that could be used for transitioning Village functions to the Town in the event dissolution was the ultimate outcome of the formal process.
B&L was hired to assist the town with a Transition Plan to guide the community with this complex task and continues to provide ongoing guidance and assistance to the Town of Seneca Falls.
City of Syracuse Brownfield Opportunity Areas Nomination Phase
The City of Syracuse entered the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program in the Nomination Phase (Step 2), and contracted with B&L as the prime consultant to complete nomination studies for two locations within the City of Syracuse. The studies include extensive data collection, land planning and analysis, economic analysis and market feasibility, programming and public participation. The remediation and redevelopment of adjacent brownfields will assist to improve the environment, the overall economic vitality and aesthetic look of the area.
The emphasis for these BOA projects is on planning and market analysis for the potential reuse of particular sites and the revitalization of identified target areas. Also key to these projects is the development of a community based plan and strategy with particular emphasis on the identification and reuse potential of priority brownfield sites. B&L worked with the Syracuse Brownfield Advisory Committee to guide the Nomination study in maintaining the City’s goals and objectives outlined in the Syracuse Comprehensive Plan 2025. The purpose of the BOA Nominations is to obtain designation of the study areas to enable the vision identified in the comprehensive plans.
Tupper Lake Revitalization, Smart Growth Planning, and Multi-Modal Trail
B&L developed a conceptual plan for the revitalization of the Village of Tupper Lake downtown, the site development for an Adirondack Community Information Center, the design of a multi-modal linkage connecting the downtown and waterfront, and the inventory and development of a conceptual recreational facilities plan for the Village Municipal Park. The Tupper Lake Multi-Use Recreational Trail and Transportation Master Plan enabled the Village of Tupper Lake to obtain funding from the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) in order to progress the conversion of an abandoned rail corridor to bicycle and pedestrian trails, a key component of the Master Plan. B&L is currently progressing this project by preparing preliminary site design and construction documentation, and property acquisition. In addition, The Town and Village of Tupper Lake received a Smart Growth grant and B&L prepared Smart Growth Design Guidelines to provide a basis for architects, engineers, landscape architects, developers, Town and Village Planning Board members, residents and Village officials to address site development issues within the core business corridors of the Village of Tupper Lake.
Planning and Site Services
- Site planning and layout
- Municipal planning/engineering reviews
- Landscape architecture
- Recreation facilities/parks/trailways and bikeways
- Comprehensive land use planning and zoning evaluations
- Site drainage/stormwater management
- GIS planning/inventory
- Grant writing
- Site feasibility studies
- Environmental Impact Statements/permits
- Historic/site interpretation
- Multi-modal transportation systems
- Parking facilities
- Visual simulation/renderings
- Training for municipal planning and zoning boards
Albany County Green Infrastructure
The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County (Coalition), which consists of twelve (12) unique MS4 communities, was awarded a NYSDEC EPF Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) grant of $35,000 to develop model local land use laws and/or procedures that will enable members of the Coalition to more fully encourage and embrace green infrastructure practices as identified in State, Federal, and other well-known and industry-accepted stormwater management documents.
Falls View Park
Falls View Park
The Falls View Park project site is located along Mohawk Street in the City of Cohoes, NY, adjacent to the Brookfield Renewable Power School Street Hydro Plant. These neighborhood recreation enhancements establish public access to previously inaccessible areas for viewing and enjoying the majestic Cohoes Falls—a natural wonder 1100 feet wide and more than 85 feet high.
In addition to the landscape features, B&L designed temporary and permanent stormwater treatment systems, drainage, walkways, and structural elements. B&L assisted with conceptual planning, preliminary engineering, final engineering design, construction observation, and stormwater pollution prevention plan inspections.
City of Mechanicville Downtown Revitalization Grant Project
B&L provided design guidelines based on the City of Mechanicville Downtown Revitalization Plan. B&L worked with the city and the community to prioritize grant applications that can be applied for to revitalize the city's downtown. As part of the project, B&L coordinated a meeting and bus tour for numerous funding agencies to showcase the opportunities for projects in Mechanicville that can serve to increase tourism, create jobs, improve pedestrian access, share services, upgrade recreational facilities, and provide for business growth in the downtown business core.
To date, B&L has assisted the City of Mechanicville with the preparation of grant applications, which have brought nearly $12 million in grant funding to the City.