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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Press Releases > Mayor Brown Announces Final Phase of Genesee Gateway Streetscape Project as

Mayor Brown Announces Final Phase of Genesee Gateway Streetscape Project as Paving is Completed

$3.5 million redevelopment project supports significant private investment by creating new landscaping, sidewalks and street resurfacing

November 18 - Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by public and private partners, marked the final phase of the $3.5
million Genesee Gateway Streetscape Project by announcing the completion of paving. Resurfacing took place
along Genesee Street, between Washington and Elm Streets.

“Having state-of-the-art infrastructure is a key focus for any successful city and the completion of the Genesee Street Gateway Streetscape Project enhances the major private investment that’s underway along this important stretch of roadway in downtown Buffalo, helping to pave the way for increased economic growth and an improved quality of life,” said Mayor Brown, noting the city’s allocation of $1 million in city bond funds to this project.
The streetscape work along the Genesee Gateway corridor began this spring and complements the recently finished infrastructure work along the 500 block of Main Street. It also further positions downtown Buffalo to become more competitive for private investment after significant investment along this important stretch of roadway from Catholic Health, M&T Bank, Iskalo Development, Scherer Furniture and Genesee Gateway, LLC.

The Genesee Street Gateway Project included:
o Genesee Street Streetscape Enhancements, between Washington and Elm Streets, also including Remembrance Park; paving also occurred on Genesee from Washington to Michigan
o Road was narrowed between Elm and Oak to improve traffic/pedestrian safety
o New Landscape, green infrastructure and bike lanes were installed
o LED lighting with decorative poles were installed to improve energy efficiency and enhance the visual quality of the corridor.

The Genesee Street Gateway Streetscape project is a great example of a strong partnership between city, state and private partners. Multiple sources of funding made up the $3.5 million total project costs, including:
o $1M City Bond
o $1M Empire State Development Grant (through CFA)
o $800k CHIPS (State funds)
o $430k BSA funds for green infrastructure
o $250k grant from National Grid
o $42k grant from NYPA for LED lights

"As the city of Buffalo continues to grow and thrive, we must ensure that our infrastructure reflects the needs and expectations of the people who call it home,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “Safer roadways undoubtedly lead to stronger communities. Through the Genesee Gateway project, we’re investing in the safety, mobility and convenient access of all roadway users. I commend Mayor Brown and the City for their continued commitment to seeing this through, and for advocating on behalf of all who use these roadways."

Since 2006, Mayor Brown has focused on infrastructure improvements to spur economic development and job growth.