Connecting Community Plans

Tonawanda Main Street has three planning initiatives underway:

  • Economic Development Plan,

  • Parking Study, and

  • Historic Survey.

As part of the planning process, on December 3rd, Tonawanda Main Street held a Public Open House to present each of the projects and gather feedback from the public. Information gathered during the session will help inform the development of the plans.

In addition to the feedback during the meeting, the Parking Study is completing an online survey to identify parking needs in the downtown. To help us identify existing parking needs, please take a few minute to complete the survey by clicking on the following link:

Information from these studies will help prepare Tonawanda Main Street, together with the City of Tonawanda Local Development Corporation, to function as a sustainable grassroots organization focused on downtown revitalization.  Thank you for your participation!

Each of these projects are made possible by the City of Tonawanda, in partnership with the Western Erie Canal Alliance, and a grant from the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.  

Public Open House

Public Open House

Draft Materials Presented

The following provides details about the draft materials presented for each of the planning projects.

Economic Development Plan

During the meeting, as part of the Economic Development Plan, several potential public and private priority projects were presented to begin to identify the community priorities for development. The following shows the presentation board from the meeting:

Parking Study

The Parking Study for downtown Tonawanda assesses the adequacy of the downtown parking system including on-street and off-street parking. For the complete presentation from the Open House click here.

Historic Survey

The Historic Survey for the downtown provides an inventory of the historic resources in the downtown area. For a review of the presentation of draft materials click here.

It's a Wonderful Night 2018

Friday, November 30th from 5 pm to 10 pm, Tonawanda Main Street and the City of Tonawanda are hosting a Main Street Celebration featuring:
- Food, Craft & Holiday Vendors
- Community Caroling & Music
- Dinner & Drink Specials
- Kids Holiday Activities

Join us for an evening of fun in downtown Tonawanda with activities like a visit with Santa and his reindeer, a ride on the Clinton Park Express and more! We'll be caroling to Clinton Park for the City's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 pm!

Be sure to check out our Community Light Pole Contest while you're here! Plus, we will be collecting new toys and clothing for donation to the Salvation Army of Tonawanda. Remember to bring items to donate!

The event welcome booth will be at 35 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

For event updates, visit the event Facebook page at:

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Holiday Light Pole Contest

New this year is our Light Pole Decorating Contest!  Developed as part of our new It's a Wonderful Night event, these amazing light pole decorations have made for a unique festive atmosphere in our downtown!  Be sure to check them out this holiday season!  And while you're downtown, vote for your favorite at the following locations:

-The Legion Bar and Lounge (43 Main St)
-Cats Like Us (67 Main St)
-Twin Cities Lodge # 860 formerly known as North Tonawanda Lodge(55 Main St)
-Sports From The Past Inc (31 Main St)
-Tonawanda Wine and Liquor (61 Broad St)
-Attic to Basement Repeats (83 Broad St)
-The Mulberry Tree (49 Main St)
-Allstate (17 Main St)
-Goomba's Boxing Club (60 Main St)
-ExotiCreations (19 Main St)

Contest ends Friday, December 15, 2017.  There are thirty-one decorated Light Poles, the following map and images show the location and corresponding photo of each.

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It's a Wonderful Night

On December 1st, from 5 pm to 10 pm, join us for "It's a Wonderful Night" on Main Street in downtown Tonawanda!  The event will feature:

- Food, Craft & Holiday Vendors

- Community Caroling & Music

- Dinner & Drink Specials

- Kids Holiday Activities

Other activities include a visit with Santa and other holiday characters, a ride on the Clinton Park Express and more! We'll be caroling to Clinton Park for the City's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 pm!

And, be sure to check out our Community Light Pole Contest while you're here!

The event welcome booth will be at 35 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150.


Food Truck Thursday Tactical Event

On November 2nd from 5 to 7:30 pm Tonawanda Main Street is hosting a special Food Truck Thursday Tactical Event on Main Street and Adam Street in the City of Tonawanda. Main Street will be closed between Broad and Niagara Streets for a variety of tactical activities to “try out” new streetscape elements like flexible seating, public art and more! Show us how you think the street should look and check out the unique businesses in downtown Tonawanda!

Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC will be on Main Street conducting activities and food trucks will be set up on Adam Street, all for an exciting night in the heart of the City!


City of Tonawanda Local Development Corporation (LDC)

Tonawanda Main Street recently incorporated as the City of Tonawanda Local Development Corporation (LDC)!  This incorporation helps us to move forward with the implementation of our goals for community development.  We are building on the momentum of Tonawanda Main Street and the efforts to establish community organization around revitalization efforts!  All the Committees of Tonawanda Main Street are moving forward with us including our Historic Preservation Committee, Economic Revitalization Committee and Marketing Committee.  As we continue to develop, additional information regarding the LDC will be added to our website,  Also on the website will be information about upcoming meetings listed on the Community Calendar page 

If you would like more information about our progress, please contact Allison Harrington at

Your participation is critical to the success of our volunteer-based organization, thank you for staying involved!

Downtown Day

August 5th, from 11 am to 2 pm, is Downtown Day in the the City of Tonawanda! The event will feature the Grand Opening of the Intermodal Hub!

This is a family event with distinguished guest speakers, recreation activities, children's games, a face painter and free prizes to win! Activities will be located along Main Street, Young Street and at the Intermodal Hub.  Also, at 5 pm there will be Goombas' Rumble on the Canal! A 16-bout boxing show on Young Street. (Tickets available by contacting Goombas Boxing Club at (716)507-7542 or at 60 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY.)

Tonawanda Main Street Newsletter

Tonawanda Main Street has developed a new email newsletter to keep the community up-to-date on the happenings of the organization and current events in the City of Tonawanda.  The first issue was developed in early December 2016 and can be seen below.  Please sign-up at the bottom of the page to receive periodic newsletter emails from Tonawanda Main Street in 2017!  Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year!


Learn More About the Tonawanda Main Street Program

Join us for a discussion about the Main Street Program and hear opportunities for you to get involved! The event will include a presentation by the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Coordinating Program for the National Main Street Center who will talk about the potential advantages the Main Street Program can bring to the City of Tonawanda.

If you have any questions, contact the Program Manager, Allison Harrington, at or (716) 475-2001.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tonawanda Main Street Gains Experienced Program Manager

Tonawanda, NY (Aug 5, 2016) – The City of Tonawanda is exceptionally proud to welcome Allison Harrington, AICP as the Tonawanda Main Street Program Manager. The Tonawanda Main Street Program is a new organization in the City that is focused on addressing the needs of the Main Street area and furthering community-based goals. The City of Tonawanda is supporting the establishment of this program as it transitions into a sustainable grassroots community organization. 

Mayor Rick Davis states, “I am excited about the Main Street Program and the opportunities it will bring to our Main Street area. We have a lot of great assets here and the organization of this program and a key point person to represent the Main Street area will help to position them to excel and attract new business to our community.”

After a detailed selection process, Allison Harrington was chosen as the new Program Manager. Ms. Harrington is an urban planner and designer with over 10 years of experience working with communities on a variety of planning projects. In 2015, she established Sustainable Planning Design, LLC, an urban planning and design firm in Buffalo, NY. Prior to the start of her own firm, she worked as a senior urban planner and urban designer at peter j. smith & company, inc. 

Ms. Harrington has worked with over 40 different municipalities, helping each community identify, establish and work toward their vision for the future. The majority of her work has concentrated on community revitalization, particularly waterfront and downtown revitalization.

Allison states that she is looking forward to advocating for Tonawanda, “Tonawanda’s Main Street Program is a great opportunity to help the community develop, organize and achieve goals for the City’s unique Main Street area. I am thrilled to be a part of this community effort and look forward to being a central advocate for Tonawanda Main Street.”