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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Mayor Brown Kicks Off Statler City Exterior Restoration Project
April 20, 2014 - Buffalo, New York – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Statler City Developer and Owner Mark Croce today kicked off the exterior restoration efforts of the iconic Niagara Square landmark. After helping to secure a $5.3 million in state development funds for this major project, Mayor Brown announced that work can now begin to restore the Statler’s historic marquee, store front and terra cotta on the exterior of the building.
Mayor Brown Launches Next Phase of Kenmore Avenue Redevelopment
April 20, 2014 - City of Buffalo begins $500,000 in roadwork improvements as part of an ongoing collaboration with other partners in government
“Investing in our roadways is one of the fastest, most effective ways to boost our local economy, keep our roads safe and create jobs,” said Mayor Brown. “In continued collaboration and cooperation with our other partners in government, important roadwork is getting done that will benefit this important connection to the University District and Black Rock-Riverside. We are pleased with the progress on Kenmore Avenue and look forward to an even safer roadway for the motoring public in Buffalo and Erie County.” ... Read More...
Join Mayor Brown and the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods for the Launch and First Annual Clothing Drive
Mayor Brown and the new WNY Coalition for Donated Goods (a textile and unwanted clothing) will launch its first of a series of late summer events with a clothing drive at Niagara Square. It’s scheduled for August 26th, between noon and 3:30. Details attached. Residents, visitors and businesses are encouraged to bring their unwanted clothing and help fill up the boxes! Thank you, in advance, for consideration
Mayor Brown Kicks Off Statler City Exterior Restoration Project
August 12, 2014 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and Statler City Developer and Owner Mark Croce today kicked off the exterior restoration efforts of the iconic Niagara Square landmark. After helping to secure a $5.3 million in state development funds for this major project, Mayor Brown announced that work can now begin to restore the Statler’s historic marquee, store front and terra cotta on the exterior of the building.
“The fencing and sidewalk barriers at Statler City are finally coming down,” said Mayor Brown. “The exterior restoration of this building is a great investment in Buffalo. By helping to secure these funds, the Statler City Restoration effort can continue the progress and the timing couldn’t be better. With over $4.4 billion in new economic development activity underway and the anticipation of over 12,000 jobs coming to Buffalo, this project builds on my strategic plan to add 1,300 new housing units downtown by 2019. We want future job holders to choose to live, work and invest in Buffalo.”
Completed in 1908 and located in the heart of downtown overlooking historic Niagara Square, the Statler was once considered the grand hotel for Buffalo residents. Read More...
Mayor Brown Launches Next Phase Of Kenmore Avenue Redevelopment
August 12, 2014 - City of Buffalo begins $500,000 in roadwork improvements as part of an ongoing collaboration with other partners in government
The ongoing collaboration to resurface and improve Kenmore Avenue continues. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and other partners in government announced the start of phase-two construction along Kenmore Avenue. Crews are ready to begin the mill and overlay work on both sides of Kenmore Avenue between Colvin and Elmwood Avenue, a distance of 1.01 miles. This phase will cost the city about $500,000.
“Investing in our roadways is one of the fastest, most effective ways to boost our local economy, keep our roads safe and create jobs,” said Mayor Brown. “In continued collaboration and cooperation with our other partners in government, important roadwork is getting done that will benefit this important connection to the University District and Black Rock-Riverside. We are pleased with the progress on Kenmore Avenue and look forward to an even safer roadway for the motoring public in Buffalo and Erie County.”
Erie County Legislator Peter Savage stated, “I am proud to stand here today with my partners in City and County government as we continue to work together to create a new Kenmore Avenue that bridges our great Ken-Ton and North Buffalo communities.” Read More...
Mayor Brown Attends U.S. Conference Of Mayors Cities Of Opportunity Task Force In New York City
August 11, 2014 - Mayor Byron W. Brown joined more than 30 mayors from across the country to address strategies for addressing income inequality, early childhood education and other issues. This Task Force, led by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, recommended both national and local policies that will help to give everyone opportunity.
“While the Buffalo economy is getting stronger with $4.4 billion in new economic development activity, income inequality and wage gaps must be addressed,” said Mayor Brown. “Buffalo will implement national best practices in areas of inequality and early children education and make enhancements to existing and effective programs like my summer reading program.”
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Mayor Brown, Congressman Higgins Report Progress On $11.3 Million Ohio Street Make
August 5, 2014 - Buffalo motorists may notice a few new changes to the $11.3 million Ohio Street construction project. Today, Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that crews, who started the conversion process two months ago, are on track for early completion, with 40% of the infrastructure redevelopment project completed.“Ohio Street is moving along quickly,” said Mayor Brown, noting that Ohio Street is expected to be operational by the end of the year. “I am proud of the progress we’re seeing where in two short months the transformation of this critical corridor into a riverfront parkway is starting to take shape. That means the long term benefits of this project will start to kick in soon, as we further strengthen the Ohio Street corridor and provide an essential link between Buffalo’s inner and outer harbors.”
When complete, Ohio Street will become a two-way picturesque parkway with streetscape lighting and landscaping along with bike and walking paths, linking downtown Buffalo and the city’s Outer Harbor. The project also complements other recent developments along the downtown waterfront, including Canalside, part of a $250 million waterfront revitalization project, and the $172 million HARBORcenter project that stemmed from Mayor Brown’s plan to transform a surface parking lot near the downtown waterfront into a major job-generating development project. Funding for the Ohio Street and Inner Harbor Infrastructure Improvement Project came from the following sources...Read More...
Mayor Brown Kicks Off A Nearly $1 Million Improvement Project At The Buffalo History Museum
July 25, 2014 - City’s $932,925 investment will further enhance the museum’s atmosphere, providing a fresh state-of-the-art appearance for visitors
Continuing his commitment to Buffalo’s arts and cultural community, Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the city’s latest investment at The Buffalo History Museum. Nearly $1 million in improvements are expected to begin by the end of the month.
“Building on the great momentum that’s underway in Buffalo means investing in things that grow our community, benefit our economy and advance our city as a whole,” said Mayor Brown. “Crucial investments, like The Buffalo History Museum, promote our city’s economic vitality and are among the best ways we can use the resources entrusted to us by city taxpayers. The Buffalo History Museum is a unique gem that builds an even stronger Buffalo.”
The city’s $932,925 investment includes: the replacement of the existing exterior and interior lighting fixtures, lighting controls, and electrical panel boards. It will also include a new public address system and upgrades to the fire alarm system, telephone system, and surveillance camera system. Over the past four years, the city has spent $206,548 on improvements to the History Museum.
“The City of Buffalo’s partnership in caring for our largest artifact – the 1901 Pan-Am Building – continues. These significant electrical updates advance our efforts to better serve our visitors.” stated, Executive Director Melissa Brown. “We are extremely grateful to Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo for understanding and supporting the Museum – a vital and iconic WNY community center.”
The improvements focus on increasing the energy efficiency of the building while providing better aesthetics, security, and safety to the Museum’s visitors. The updates are intended to complement the Museum’s strategic plan to increase attendance within the education programs and increase community usage by 35%. The museum welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors each year.
Mayor Brown Continues Commitment To Citywide Parks By Announcing Major Play Court Improvements
July 16, 2014 - Refurbished basketball and tennis courts will soon further improve recreational opportunities for children and adults in Buffalo. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Parks Commissioner Andrew Rabb announced $4 million in play court improvements at 22 city parks.
“Breathing new life into our city’s many wonderful recreation opportunities will add to the on-going momentum in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “With more than 10,000 new jobholders coming to Buffalo as a result of the $4.4 billion in new economic development activity, we need to continue to build up our city as a great place to buy property, live, work and invest.”
The $4 million in improvements will be done in phases. Each project will include the complete replacement of the courts and plans to paint lines on the tennis and basketball courts. $3.5 million in funding was made available through 2013 and 2014 Citywide Parks Improvement Bonds. CDBG Funds will also pay for an additional $500,000 in court improvements this summer to Masten and Schiller Parks. (Work is about to get started.)
Changes To Curbside Collection Of Electronic Waste
June 20, 2014 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that, as per New York State regulations, the City of Buffalo will no longer collect unwanted electronic waste (e-waste) discarded by individuals at the curb. It’s illegal for city residents to dispose of e-waste at the curb and it’s illegal for landfills to accept them. Should residents not comply and continue to put electronics out at the curb, they are likely to find a notice on the item or their door advising them of the law— at least for the first offense. If someone continues to place electronics outside at the curb, he or she would face a $75 fine.
“Electronic waste continues to be a major environmental issue throughout the country. That is why the City of Buffalo took a progressive step in 2012 by opening an E-Waste Drop off location at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage. This next step will further protect the health of our residents and the environment from potentially harmful materials when not disposed of properly,” said Mayor Brown.
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