Mon Jan 10, 2022 2:15 pm
The awards include 12 municipal projects across Erie County; the county’s investment mobilizes local funding
On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the selection of 12 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium’s 2022 Community Development Block Grant. The request, which will be submitted to the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval, recommends a total Erie County expenditure of $ 1,462,644.00 for the projects, an investment that will leverage $ 2,549,497 in local funds and in in-kind resources.
“The Block Community Development Grant encourages communities to invest in projects that improve infrastructure and the quality of life in our towns and villages,” Poloncarz said. “These funds, along with other funding secured by affected municipalities, are spurring improvements across Erie County. CDBG funding plays a vital role in revitalizing local business districts and renewing our communities, and I look forward to the completion of projects scheduled for 2022. ”
Congressman Brian Higgins said, “Federal Block Grants for Community Development funding provides the flexibility to meet the individual needs of communities, and we are seeing this with the variety of projects awarded in Erie County this year. . From services for the elderly to parks and public infrastructure, these grants will help make neighborhoods safer, stronger and more vibrant.
The Erie County Consortium is made up of 34 municipalities, generally located outside of the City of Buffalo and the inner suburbs. The city of Buffalo, as well as the cities of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Hamburg and Tonawanda are not members of the consortium and receive their own grants directly from the federal government to fund projects in their respective municipalities.
The selected 2022 projects target a variety of building and public infrastructure improvements, which primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. These projects include:
- Town of Evans – Smart Growth – Eisenhower Avenue Sidewalk Project – $ 325,000
- Town of Lackawanna – Cleveland Avenue Milling and ADA Ramps – $ 100,000
- City of Aurora – Aurora Seniors Center exterior door replacement and LED lighting upgrade – $ 95,190
- City of Lancaster – Seniors Van with Electric Lift – $ 57,289
- Village of Depew – Sidewalk Replacement – Gould Avenue, Columbia Avenue, Lincoln Street and Footbridge to West Dawson Field Inclusive Playground – $ 100,000
- City of Brant – Construction of a basketball / pickleball court in Brant – $ 100,000
- City of Boston – North Boston City Park Restroom and Pavilion Construction – $ 100,000
- Village of Akron and Town of Newstead – Sidewalks on Clarence Center Road and Buell Street – $ 15,165
- Town of North Collins – Seniors Center Kitchen Repair and Renovation Project – $ 100,000
- Town of Tonawanda – Paving of Grant and Stark streets – $ 100,000
- Town of West Seneca – Seniors Van, Fitness and Recreation Equipment – $ 100,000
- Various communities – Rural transit service: $ 270,000
The projects were recommended for funding by a 16-member selection committee, including 13 community supervisors and mayors in the consortium, and three members of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. The committee reviewed a total of 26 projects requesting $ 2,479,514.00 in federal assistance.
For more information on the Erie County Planning and Environment Department, visit http://www2.erie.gov/environment/.