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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > September 2009 > Fruit Belt Neighborhood Infrastructure And Anti-Crime Investment

Fruit Belt Neighborhood Infrastructure And Anti-Crime Investment

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
              851-4841  


MAYOR BROWN ANNOUNCES FRUIT BELT NEIGHBORHOOD INFRASTRUCTURE AND ANTI-CRIME INVESTMENT


$1.1million in Proceeds from Sale of Goodrich Street to Kaleida Health to Fund Neighborhood Streetscape Improvements and New Surveillance Cameras

Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Kaleida Health President and CEO James Kaskie, and Kaleida Health Board Chairman Edward Walsh to announce a $1.1 million investment in Fruit Belt neighborhood infrastructure improvements and anti-crime upgrades. The funding for the effort comes from the sale of Goodrich Street from the City of Buffalo to Kaleida Health, which helped facilitate the building of the future Kaleida Health and University at Buffalo 10-story global vascular institute and research building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

“ I have always said that the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has had and will continue to have a transformative effect on the landscape of this area of the city, bridging the Fruit Belt and Allentown residential neighborhoods with downtown,” said Mayor Brown. “With the sale of Goodrich Street to Kaleida Health, we’re now ready to reinvest 100 percent of the sale proceeds into the Fruit Belt community and continue the positive impact the Medical Campus is having in the inner city.”

Included in the planned upgrades is the installation of three new surveillance cameras at the corners of Mulberry and Carlton Streets, Jefferson Avenue and Davis Street, and High and Peach Streets. As with the installation of previous surveillance cameras, the locations for the new cameras were determined by police crime data, available electrical power and clear sight lines. The estimated cost of each camera is $45,000.

"We are pleased that the city is investing the real estate transaction dollars into the Fruit Belt community with new sidewalks, curbs, landscaping and security cameras,” said Mr. Kaskie.  “This is another example of how health care is a major economic engine for our community.  As we grow, the surrounding neighborhoods grow.  Goodrich Street has long served as access road for Kaleida Health physicians and employees, plus ambulances and delivery trucks.  Acquiring this portion of the street, from Ellicott Street to Michigan Avenue, is vital for our global vascular institute project.  It will allow for better patient care access for those we serve."

In addition to the surveillance cameras, the city has mapped out a streetscape improvement program, including new curbs, sidewalks and street paving for the following streets in the Fruit Belt neighborhood: Carlton Street (from Beech to BFNC), Grape Street (from Virginia to Best Street), Lemon Street (Virginia to Best Street), Rose Street (East North to Virginia), Orange Street (East North to Virginia) and High Street (from Michigan to Jefferson Avenue).