More than $10.4 million in CDBG funding has reinvigorated Erie County Consortium communities over the past five years
ERIE COUNTY, NY— Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) funding had a significant positive impact in Erie County in 2021, with a federal investment of $1.56 million leveraging more than $946,000 in local funding for spur the completion of thirteen projects in municipalities included in the Erie County Consortium, improving infrastructure and the quality of life for thousands of county residents. The Erie County Consortium consists of 34 municipalities, generally located outside the city of Buffalo and First Ring suburbs. The City of Buffalo, as well as the cities of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Hamburg and Tonawanda are NOT consortium members and receive their own grant directly from the federal government to fund projects in their respective municipalities.
“Community Development Block Grant funding reinvigorates communities, improves trade corridors and supports infrastructure repairs in Erie County,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “These investments enable communities to carry out essential projects that they could not achieve alone, building stronger neighborhoods and bringing people together.”
Poloncarz was joined today at City of Grand Island City Hall by Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and City Supervisor John Whitney to announce the list of completed projects, which included ADA improvements and the installation of a new elevator at City Hall.
“Year after year, we have fought to protect Community Development Block Grant funding during the budget process because it provides valuable federal resources that give local governments the flexibility to invest in projects and programs that meet unique needs of a community”, said Congressman Higgins. “This list of investments represents the range of improvements supported by the program and represents only a fraction of the projects made possible through federal funding of $25 million in Community Development Block Grants allocated to western municipalities. of New York in 2021.”
Grand Island Town Supervisor John Whitney added: “I am thrilled to see our new elevator in service and would like to thank Congressman Brian Higgins, County Executive Mark Poloncarz and DEP Community Development Block Grants Representative Paul D’Orlando for their assistance in the realization of this project. Grand Island Town Hall has always been accessible, however, if you are unfamiliar with the layout, it is not practical to access the upper level if you enter the lower level. This elevator fixes that problem. Now people with mobility or accessibility issues can access either floor without leaving the building.
CDBG-funded projects completed in 2021, along with the investment amount, include:
- Town of Eden – Green/Welch Lane Sidewalk Replacement – $45,710
- Town of Elma – Senior Center Improvements – New Flooring – $50,000
- City of Concord – Re-paving of Senior Center parking lot – $60,000
- City of Grand Island – ADA Improvements – City Hall – Elevator Installation – $189,000
- Town of West Seneca – Purchase of Senior Citizen Van – $60,000
- Orchard Park Village – ADA/Curb Cut Improvements – Central Business District – $50,000
- Town of Newstead – Senior center upgrades – installation of touchless features in washrooms and new LED lighting – $32,000
- Gowanda Village – Re-paving of Central Business District Municipal Parking Lot – $150,000
- Gowanda Village – Hollywood Theater Upgrades – New Marquee – $100,000
- Village of Alden – Elm Street Drainage and Sewer Improvements – $150,000
- Village of North Collins – Park/Harrison/Front/Wood Streets Water Line Replacement – $250,000
- Village of Akron – Main Street – Central Business District – Sidewalk and Curb Improvements – $64,500
- Town of Tonawanda – Grove/Minerva Street Sanitary Sewer Relining – $150,000
Over the past five years, CDBG investments totaling more than $10.4 million have improved the quality of life in Erie County Consortium communities. This includes projects in the towns of Brant, Newstead, Alden, Collins, Wales, West Seneca, Aurora, Elma, Orchard Park, Clarence, Evans, Marilla, Concord, Lancaster, Boston, Eden and Grand Island as well as in the villages. from Gowanda, Springville, Angola, Depew, East Aurora, Akron, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Alden and North Collins; and the towns of Lackawanna and Tonawanda. CDBG funding is also provided annually to the rural transit service.
The projects were recommended for funding by a 16-member selection committee, including thirteen supervisors and mayors from consortium communities and three members of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.
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