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The remake of Larkin District, an old manufacturing district a mile from downtown Buffalo redeveloped under Howard Zemsky has been honored with a Smart Growth award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Buffalo was one of seven communities recognized, with the Larkin District receiving an Honorable Mention in the “Main Street or Corridor Revitalization” category.

“[University at Buffalo] architectural students worked with the developer and the city to create a master plan for an urban village that now features new office space, restaurants, apartments, parks and plazas. New sidewalks, lighting, crosswalks, bicycle lanes and bus shelters reduce pollution from vehicles by making walking, biking, and public transit more appealing,” the EPA wrote.

The awards are given to “recognize exceptional approaches to development that protect the environment, encourage economic vitality and enhance quality of life.”

Robert Shibley, dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning; Tim Tielman, whose company The Neighborhood Workshop played the lead role in designing Larkin Square itself; and Donna Kostrzewski, of Larkin Development, were recognized Wednesday by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson in Washington, D.C.