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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > April 2013 > Mayor Brown Announces $3.2 Million Investment In Fruit Belt Neighborhood In

Mayor Brown Announces $3.2 Million Investment In Fruit Belt Neighborhood Infrastructure

Contact: Lorey Schultz
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Street lighting upgrades, sidewalk repair, road paving are on the way

April 22, 2013 – Today Mayor Byron Brown joined Majority Leader Demone Smith and Ellicott District Council Member Darius Pridgen to announce a combined $3.2 million investment in Fruit Belt neighborhood infrastructure improvements.  $2.2 million in public funding will be spent on the redevelopment of Carlton Street, from Michigan Avenue to Jefferson Avenue.  In addition, the city allocated $700,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funds, plus another $300,000 in city bond funds, to resurface roads and install new sidewalks on the side streets that intersect Carlton.

“This $3.2 million investment will further strengthen the infrastructure that is essential to the continued growth and success of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and surrounding Fruit Belt neighborhood,” said Mayor Brown.  “This is good news for city residents and for the physicians, patients and others who will enjoy the benefits of an improved roadway and other enhancements that add to the quality of life in one of Buffalo’s rapidly growing neighborhoods.”

Included in the planned redevelopment on Carlton Street are: road repairs, sidewalk and curb replacement, upgrades to handicap ramps, the installation of new lighting with modern LED fixtures, as well as landscape enhancements. A new water main will also be installed down Carlton.  Green infrastructure, such as pervious pavement, has been added to the project to divert some of the rain runoff from the combined sewer system in the area.

Today’s announcement came as Buffalo continues to experience its greatest period of expansion in recent history, with more than $1.7 billion in economic development activity underway, including a $16 million plan by the St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corporation to build 49 new town homes in Buffalo’s historic Fruit Belt neighborhood.  That development is supported by the city via $2.75 million in city HOME funds, part of the larger $500 million redevelopment of the Fruit Belt and East Side of Buffalo.

In addition to the work on Carlton Street, crews will resurface streets and install new sidewalks on the side streets that intersect Carlton Street.  Destro & Brothers Concrete Co., Inc. was awarded the contract on both projects.  Work is scheduled to begin this spring.