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National Grid approves grant to support City of Tonawanda streetscape improvements

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Thu, Apr 18th 2019 10:35 am

National Grid has approved an economic development grant for The City of North Tonawanda, which is undertaking a major eco-friendly construction project to upgrade and beautify a streetscape that will provide pedestrian amenities along Northern Main Street.

National Grid will provide up to $241,000 toward upgrades related to improving and enhancing the walkability of Northern Main Street between Island and Thompson streets. Plans call for a green infrastructure complete with permeable pavement, bio-retention units, rain gardens and new street lighting. The goal of these projects is to attract additional commercial development.

The grant was made through National Grid’s urban center/commercial district revitalization program, which assists municipalities within the company’s New York service territory by helping them achieve their revitalization goals, increase property tax bases, and promote sustainable investment in central business districts and commercial corridors.

"We work closely with municipalities throughout our service territory to make sure that they have whatever they need,” said National Grid Regional Director Ken Kujawa. “These needs extend beyond electric or gas; and when we learn that there are re-development plans in the works, grants such as these enable us to assist in other creative ways."

"The City of North Tonawanda is excited to partner with National Grid and thankful for the urban center/commercial district revitalization grant program,” Mayor Arthur Pappas said. “The redevelopment of Main Street into a walkable and green streetscape will be a significant advancement of North Tonawanda’s downtown redevelopment goals."

The urban center/commercial district revitalization program is among a suite of economic development programs offered by National Grid. More information about the programs can be found at www.shovelready.com.

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