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Poloncarz announces 2018 community development block grant awards

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Tue, Jan 9th 2018 02:45 pm
11 municipal projects across Erie County included; EC investment leverages local funding
On Tuesday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced the selection of 13 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2018 Community Development Block Grant application. The submission, which will be sent to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval, recommends a total Erie County expenditure of $1,424,434 for the projects, an investment which will leverage $3,331,053 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 noted in my 'Initiatives for a Smart Economy 2.0' economic development plan, CDBG funds serve a critical role in revitalizing our area, and I look forward to the completion of the projects in the pipeline for 2018."
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 that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. The 2018 projects include:
  • Village of Alden - smart growth improvements - Broadway -$325,000
  • City of Lackawanna - Madison Avenue, Jackson Avenue and Elm Street milling and paving project - $100,000
  • City of Tonawanda - Wheeler Street sanitary sewer lining - $100,000
  • Town of Grand Island - Town Hall handicap-accessible elevator - $100,000
  • Town of North Collins - Lawtons water project - $100,000
  • Town of Marilla - Town Hall handicap-accessible elevator installation -$91,080
  • Town of West Seneca - Road milling and resurfacing project: Benson Avenue, Dirkson Avenue and Wichita Road - $100,000
  • Town of Elma - Senior Center roof and building rehabilitation - $62,670
  • Town of Newstead - Kitchen equipment for Newstead Senior Center - $25,684
  • Village of Lancaster - Brady Avenue and Cambria Street sanitary sewer reconstruction - $100,000
  • Village of Alden - Elm Street sidewalk replacement - $100,000
  • Various communities - Commercial center improvement program: $50,000
  • 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 28 projects seeking $2,535,720 in federal assistance.
For more information on the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning, visit http://www2.erie.gov/environment/.

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