Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced Wednesday the selection of 12 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2016 Community Development Block Grant application, including one from the Town of Grand Island.
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.
One of the selected projects is one for $89,000 for the Town of Grand Island to demolish a building at the Nike Base on Whitehaven Road.
"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," said Poloncarz. "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 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.
At the Nov. 2 Grand Island Town Board meeting, the board authorized Town Supervisor Mary Cooke to sign and submit the application for the demolition of Building No. 3, which is located in the back of the Nike Base near where the new dog park will be located.