Development Plans for Deaconess Site

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 11:48 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 11:48 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

New plans for the old Deaconess Hospital site in Buffalo's Martin Luther King Park community were unveiled Thursday. While developers believe it could be the city's newest up and coming neighborhood and boost nearby property values, it's a tough sell for homeowners who have been in the neighborhood for decades.

Dozens of residents saw for the first time a poster board mock-up of what the Erie County Community Action Organization (CAO) envisions for the site where the hospital was demolished last November. It was the first public meeting to get input from residents, and as far as they were concerned the project missed the mark.

CAO now owns the nine acre piece of land and has been working with developers on the new design proposal that features 30 buildings including two three-story apartment buildings plus a variety of other housing, including multi-family homes.

Homeowners now fear their neighborhood of historic homes will be over run by a congested apartment project.

The CAO expects funding to be secured by October and it plans set a construction timeline at that time.

CAO will hold public meetings every fourth Thursday at St. Martin de Porress Church from 5pm until 7pm.