Those of you going past Main Street by Shea's Buffalo recently may have noticed contruction to introduce driving again to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo. The project is part of larger development that will make Main Street in Buffalo, the hub of commercialism it was in the early 20th century. Information below provides the details of construction and funding for the project.
-Construction begins on the $21 million 500 Block redevelopment, marking more positive progress on a critical project designed to open up access and revive activity in the heart of downtown Buffalo.
Today, Mayor Byron Brown was joined by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins to announce the start of phase-one construction along the 500 Block of Main Street, the prominent stretch between Chippewa and Mohawk Streets. The total cost to return two-way traffic to this stretch of downtown Main Street is about $21 million. Last year, the Brown Administration sought a $15 million federal grant, which the City won with critical support and advocacy from Senator Schumer and Congressman Higgins. This, coupled with $10 million already secured from the state, will fund the redevelopment.
“We are proud of the progress we’re making to return two-way traffic to downtown Main Street,” said Mayor Brown. “The redevelopment of the 500 Block is another important step in returning cars to Main Street in downtown Buffalo, which has been one of my goals since taking office. I want to thank Senator Schumer and Congressman Higgins for working closely with us to secure federal funding for Buffalo’s Main Street project, paving the way for increased business and economic activity in the downtown area.”