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2016-01-13 / Local News

Committee selects 12 municipal projects for CDBG grants

Polancarz Polancarz Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced the selection of 12 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2016 Community Development Block Grant application.

The application, which will be submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval, recommends a total Erie County expenditure of $1.16 million for the projects, an investment that will leverage nearly $1.14 million 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 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 county executive said.

The selected projects are targeted toward a variety of building and public infrastructure improvements that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents. The 2016 projects include:

• Town of Lancaster, senior van acquisition, $50,352

• Town of Brant, Senior/Community Center Americans with Disabilities Act Improvements, $18,750

• City of Tonawanda, Erie Road sanitary sewer relining, $100,000

• Village of Depew, Bloomfield, Warsaw, Calumet sidewalk replacement, $100,000

• City of Lackawanna, Center Street reconstruction, $100,000

• Town of West Seneca, Birchwood,

North Covington, Burch and Grace streets road reconstruction, $100,000

• Village of North Collins, road reconstruction, $100,000

• Town of Clarence, Main Street sidewalk installation, $100,000

• Village of Akron, Hoag Avenue sidewalk/curb replacement, $66,450

• Village of Gowanda, Hollywood Theater restoration improvements, $65,900

• Town of Grand Island, Former Nike base demolition project, $89,000

• 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 county Department of Environment and Planning. The committee reviewed a total of 29 projects seeking $2.5 million in federal assistance.

For more information on the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, visit www2.erie.gov/environment.

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