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Poloncarz announces 2016 Community Development Block Grant awards


Wed, Jan 6th 2016 10:20 am

12 municipal projects across Erie County included; investment leverages local funding

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced the selection of 12 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2016 Community Development Block Grant application. The application, which will be submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval, recommends a total Erie County expenditure of $1,160,452 for the projects, an investment which will leverage $1,137,158 in local funds and in-kind resources.

"The Community Development Block Grant awards are meant to spur communities to invest in projects that improve the infrastructure and quality of life in our cities and towns. These funds, leveraged with other funding secured by the municipalities involved, provide the impetus for improvements all around Erie County," Poloncarz said. "As I said in my 'Initiatives for a Smart Economy' address, CDBG funds serve a critical role in revitalizing our area, and I look forward to the completion of the projects listed for 2016."

The Erie County Consortium consists of 34 municipalities, generally located outside of the City of Buffalo and the first-ring suburbs. The selected projects are targeted toward a variety of building and public infrastructure improvements, which primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. The 2016 projects include:

•Town of Lancaster, senior van acquisition: $50,352

•Town of Brant, Senior/Community Center ADA improvements: $18,750

•City of Tonawanda, Erie Road sanitary sewer relining: $100,000

•Village of Depew, Bloomfield, and Warsaw, Calumet sidewalk replacement: $100,000

•City of Lackawanna, Center Street reconstruction: $100,000

•Town of West Seneca, Birchwood, North Covington, Burch and Grace streets road reconstruction: $100,000

•Village of North Collins, road reconstruction: $100,000

•Town of Clarence, Main Street sidewalk installation: $100,000

•Village of Akron, Hoag Avenue sidewalk/curb replacement: $66,450

•Village of Gowanda, Hollywood Theater restoration improvements: $65,900

•Town of Grand Island, former Nike Base demolition project: $89,000

•Various communities, rural transit service: $270,000

The projects were recommended for funding by a 14-member selection committee, including 11 supervisors and mayors from consortium communities, and three members of the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning. The committee reviewed a total of 29 projects seeking $2,545,903 in federal assistance.

For more information on the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, visit http://www2.erie.gov/environment/.

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