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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > April 2013 > Fillmore Avenue Streetscape Project

Fillmore Avenue Streetscape Project

Contact:  Lorey Schultz
                (716) 851-5545

Mayor Brown Announces The Start Of Construction On The $2.2 Million Fillmore Avenue Streetscape Project

Improvements are part of a larger plan for the Martin Luther King, Jr. neighborhood

April 26, 2013 – Mayor Byron Brown, joined today by Majority Leader Demone Smith and members of the Martin Luther King Jr., Park neighborhood, announced the start of construction on the $2.2 million Fillmore Avenue Streetscape Project.  Fillmore Avenue

“The $2.2 million Fillmore Avenue Streetscape Project will bring better roads, sidewalks, decorative lighting, new tress and benches to this important corridor in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park neighborhood,” said Mayor Brown, noting that this project is part of a much larger plan for the MLK area. “We worked closely with residents to move this project forward.  I am proud to stand with them today to announce the start of this streetscape project, reinvigorating this community and attracting new residents and business owners who want to live, work and invest in our city.”Fillmore Avenue

Fillmore Avenue serves as the Gateway to MLK Park, and has the potential to become one of the most important commercial corridors in Buffalo. The streetscape improvements to Fillmore Avenue, between N. Parade Avenue and East Ferry Street, include road repaving, new sidewalks, bike lanes, decorative lighting, new trees and benches.  This project will also improve pedestrian and vehicular safety with the installation of a new street lighting system and enhanced cross walks.

The improvements are designed to complement the $4.5 million Splash Pad at MLK Park that will switch between a splash pad, reflecting pool and ice rink, depending on the season.  The project is also designed to complement “The Better Schools/Better Neighborhoods Collaborative”.  The Collaborative is a demonstration project that seeks to build a comprehensive, integrated model of community development in the Martin Luther King, Jr. neighborhood.

  • $800,000 MLK Park Shelter House Improvements
  • $350,000 MLK Park Picnic Shelter
  • $16 million St. Martin Village Project
  • $500,000 in street paving, $700,000 in signal system improvements and the demolition of 131 blighted structures, at a cost of $2.1 million
An additional $900,000 in roadway improvements is also scheduled to begin along a stretch of Humboldt Parkway.  A number of other investments have been made in this area since 2006: