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Additional Federal Stimulus Funding
Contact: Peter Cutler
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that $525,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act HUD Community Development Block Grant Funds will be invested in city-owned buildings to provide energy and operational savings. The announcement comes two months after Mayor Brown announced that the City of Buffalo would invest $2.7 million from the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, into implementing energy conservation improvements to city-owned buildings.
With these combined federal stimulus funds, approximately 20 to 30 city-owned buildings will be included in the energy efficiency upgrades.
“I stated in April at the Broadway Market that the city’s focus of this first-phase effort of a multiple phase energy efficiency conservation program will be on shovel ready improvements to our Community Centers, Recreation Centers, and Senior Centers,” said Mayor Brown. “This additional $525,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act HUD Community Development Block Grant Funds that will ensure energy and operational savings at city-owned buildings such as here at the Autumnwood Senior Center. Combined with the announcement I made in April, we are now planning to investment a total of $3,225,000 in energy conservation improvements to city-owned buildings, which will include upgrades or replacement of: lighting, windows, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and energy management systems. Most important is that these federal stimulus funds will provide the greatest financial savings to the city and also provide the greatest impact to our residents.”
The City of Buffalo has now received approximately $37.7 million in federal stimulus funds, including the recent addition of $4,311,494 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act HUD Community Development Block Grant Funds.
“As my Administration communicated to the Common Council last week, these federal stimulus CDBG block grant funds will be used for housing rehabilitation work, including weatherization upgrades, for between 50 to 100 homes occupied by the elderly or poor families, citywide infrastructure upgrades, green jobs training programs and additional infrastructure improvements in the NRSA, which will help complete our housing plan for the area,” said Mayor Brown.
City-owned buildings that are included in this effort include the Broadway Market, North Buffalo Community Center, Delevan Moselle Community Center, Bailey Delevan Community Center and West Side Community Center.
In addition to traditional facility improvement measures, the city’s plan also includes the introduction of alternative energy technologies like solar, wind, and geothermal to many of the facilities. These new emerging “Green” technologies will enable the city to pursue additional grants and rebates that will grow the project and its’ economic impact significantly.
When the first-phase work is completed, this project will have created 43 general trade jobs, and 35 new “Green Collar” jobs. Many of these new “Green Collar” jobs will be targeted for local residents with employment being coordinated through the public workforce system and community organizations. These are good paying jobs (greater than $20 per hour) in a demand occupation that will provide opportunities to everyone including the underrepresented and underemployed.
The city currently spends $11 million annually on utilities for 145 city-owned properties (if school district properties are factored in, the cost rises to over $30 million annually).
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios