FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2009
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDES $950,000 FOR MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PROJECT
Funding Would Revamp Main Street Pedestrian Mall, Revitalize Downtown for Future Development Opportunities
Bill Set to Clear Senate Next Week
“Revitalizing downtown’s Main Street is a key part of Buffalo’s economic growth,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “New York needs all the federal dollars we can get to help support the State’s infrastructure and create jobs for our communities. I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share.”
The $950,000 in federal funds will be used to design and engineer the preliminary facets of Phase II of the Main Street Multimodal Access and Revitalization project. These include redesigning the pedestrian mall section from Chippewa Street to Church Street in downtown Buffalo and will enable the return of vehicular traffic and revitalize economic development on this major city artery.
The House is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow with the Senate set to vote next week.