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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > July 2013 > Cars Sharing Main Street Project

Cars Sharing Main Street Project


Mayor Brown awards contract, enabling start of $21 million 500 Block Redevelopment; Construction is on schedule for $8 million 600 Block Redevelopment

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July 2, 2013– Today, Mayor Byron Brown announced that Mark Cerrone, Inc. was awarded a $15.7 million contract to begin the Phase I Redevelopment of the 500 Block of Main Street — a stretch between Chippewa and Mohawk Streets.

“We are proud of the progress we’re making to return two-way traffic to downtown Main Street,” said Mayor Brown.  “The redevelopment of the 500 Block is another important step in returning cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo, which has been one of my goals since taking office.  It’s essential to link the dynamic development activity of the rapidly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus with the continuing growth of residential, cultural and commercial activity throughout downtown.”

500 Block construction is scheduled to start in the fall of 2013; the total cost to return two-way traffic to this stretch of Main Street is about $21 million.  Last year, the Brown Administration sought and won a $15 million federal grant, which coupled with $10 million already secured from the state, will fund the redevelopment.

This project will include the installation of new curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signals, on-street parking, Light Rail Rapid Transit (LRRT) station enhancement, and various landscaping improvements which includes trees, planters, benches and the like.  Also, this will reopen Mohawk to traffic between Washington and Pearl.

At the same time, the $8 million redevelopment continues along the 600 Block of Main Street, a stretch between Tupper and Chippewa in the Theater District.  This will be the first block that vehicular traffic will be returned to Main and will share the track bed with the LRRT. This project also includes the installation of bike lanes, 45 parking spaces, five loading zones and 49 street trees and 22 planters. In addition, new light and sign poles will be installed.

Both projects complement and continue the streetscape theme of the $2.2 million 700 block redevelopment project that brought immediate private sector investment when completed in 2009.