The basic structures on Main Street
are well maintained structurally but could be brought up to a higher standard aesthetically
to create a more walkable, enjoyable community experience. The aim is to
facilitate neighborhood interaction, linking nearby residential areas to a
commercial district and public facilities and encourage downtown growth of
local businesses and services.
A walkability assessment is currently underway to address
improvements and adjustments to sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic lights that can
be reasonably implemented in the Hamlet of Houghton. The Cornell Cooperative Extension, the NYS DOT,
and Allegany County have been enlisted to help in the analysis.
Public transportation to Houghton from surrounding
communities is currently available through Allegany County Transit. Regular bus
routes provide additional means for connecting Houghton with the surrounding
The following are improvements that
will address the aesthetics and functionality of the downtown area:
north along Route 19 to the new Kerr-Pegula Athletics Complex, allowing better
access to additional parking, stores and services.
to the south of town and into residential areas to link housing, shops,
services, and transportation accessibility.
stamped concrete crosswalks at high pedestrian traffic areas along SR 19 to
improve safety and encourage a more quaint “village” look.
lighting that is more aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient.
banners, and signs from light poles on a rotational schedule.
Maintaining new flower
containers and other planters to keep the town looking colorful and healthy.
seating with new benches to encourage people to stop and enjoy the sights and
Providing bike racks
near parks and storefronts to create a safe place for people to leave their
bicycles while they shop or eat along NYS Bike Route 19.
sidewalks and green space clean with new garbage receptacles.