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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > September 2008 > City Funding For Streetscape Improvements On Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Mayor Announces City Funding For Streetscape Improvements On The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications

City Capital Bond Funds to Complement Development of New Ellicott Park Public Space


Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that he has recommended to the City Council the expenditure of $230,500.00 in city capital bond funds for streetscape improvements in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). Mayor Brown’s recommendation will be submitted to the Buffalo Common Council, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

“The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus represents the city’s future,” said Mayor Brown. “It has already generated approximately $1 billion in public and private sector investments, bringing thousands of new jobs into the heart of the city and creating an exciting environment of medical research and discovery and the commercialization of new medical products. Our investment will help strengthen the infrastructure that is essential to the BNMC’s continuing and future success.”

The city funds will go toward pavement rehabilitation, new sidewalks and streetscape improvements that are related to a variety of capital improvements within the BNMC, which include:

    •  Ellicott Street will be changed to two-way traffic with supporting signage and traffic signals
    •  Ellicott Street will be repaved by mill and overlay with placement of a new curb
    •  New sidewalks with unique streetscape elements along Ellicott Street will create a pedestrian-friendly and  secure campus setting for those who come for health care, work on and visit the BNMC.
    • Design of Ellicott Park will create a unique 36-foot wide public space.  This linear park will be the new spine for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, making use of a 20-foot setback established along the east side of Ellicott Street.
    • Ellicott Park will incorporate green landscapes, a unique paving pattern, special low-level lighting, public art, bicycle racks, and custom street furniture. The space will be designed to feel secure and promote activity throughout all seasons, while keeping an eye toward ease of maintenance.

The city’s federal legislative delegation, which consists of Senators Schumer and Clinton and Representatives Slaughter and Higgins, were able to secure federal funding: $1.9M through Federal Transit Authority and $3.2M through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Congresswoman Slaughter inserted both the $1.9M in the federal fiscal year 2005 spending bill and $3.2M included in the SAFTEA-LU bill. The project total is approximately $6.4M (including state and city matches).

Commenting on the federal funds that will support the development of Ellicott Park, Senator Charles Schumer said, “This park will add tremendously to the quality of life of the patients, doctors and staff, and the surrounding neighborhoods of the medical campus. I am so glad I could help bring the much-needed federal dollars for this project.”

“This is great news for the City of Buffalo and for the physicians, patients, and other Buffalonians who will enjoy the benefits of a beautiful and easily accessible Ellicott Park,” said Senator Clinton. “I am proud to have been able to join my colleagues in helping to make this investment in the future of the BNMC. We have already seen how the Campus has contributed to the growth of Buffalo’s economy and infrastructure, and this is yet another step in continuing that success.”

“I am pleased that we are taking this big step to improve and invest in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,” said Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter. “Since first securing over $5 million in federal funding for this project several years ago, I have looked forward to the City’s commitment to begin work. Paired with another $6 million in federal funding I have secured for research and development at the medical campus and to build up the Fruit Belt neighborhood, this project will not only benefit the patients, doctors, and researchers at BNMC, but the entire local community as well.”

“The Medical Campus is fast becoming an emerging hub for economic and human activity in the City of Buffalo,” said Congressman Brian Higgins.  “This multi-level government investment will significantly improve the landscape at a site where we are growing jobs for the new economy.  It’s fitting that we break ground along the Medical Campus where we have ground breaking research and treatments occurring each and every day.”

Senator Antoine Thompson stated, “I am happy to be able to provide these funds on behalf of my colleagues in the Western New York State Delegation. This is a project that will make the medical campus much more competitive and inviting for patients, staff, and visitors. I am even hopeful that we can expand this to the Fruitbelt community in the future.”

“Today's announcement is yet another example of the benefits reaped when elected's work together for the good of the community,” said New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples.. We're all very proud of the progress on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and view this streetscape investment as a continuation of the development of the Campus and the community.”

Ellicott District Councilmember Brian Davis stated, "The improvements to Ellicott Street will allow for easy access in and out the Medical Campus, integration with the surrounding communities, provide a park atmosphere in an urban area, and will ultimately solidify the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus with Downtown Buffalo."

“Improving the public space on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is critical to establishing an environment that facilitates excellence and innovation,” said Matthew K. Enstice, Executive Director of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. “Ellicott Park will be a space unique to the City of Buffalo, creating a sense of place that will compliment the state-of-the art research, clinical care, and education happening inside the institutions. Thanks to the support of our elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels, the BNMC continues to move toward its collective vision of building a world-class medical campus in downtown Buffalo.”