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Northland Corridor recipient of NYS redevelopment funds

More than a half dozen WNY projects receive funding

March 27, 2018 - 5:48 am

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) - Buffalo's Northland Corridor project is among the more than $80 million that has been awarded to dozens of municipalities as part of New York state's efforts to revitalize local communities.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state funding has been awarded to 71 municipalities through the fifth round of the Restore New York Communities Initiative. The funding intended to restore downtowns and spur new economic activity was included in the current state budget for the fiscal year that ends Saturday.

Administered by Empire State Development, the state's main economic development agency, the Restore New York program provides funding to villages, towns and cities to support demolition of vacant buildings and rehabilitation of condemned and surplus properties.

The funding includes $4 million for Buffalo's Northland Corridor redevelopment project.

Here is a complete listing of awards for Western New York projects:

City of Buffalo - $3,998,549 - The project will support revitalization efforts in the Northland Corridor by demolishing an abandoned building at 777 Northland Avenue, as well as restoring and rehabilitating 537 East Delavan Avenue. The demolition will result in creating a shovel-ready development site to attract new investment to the area, and the restoration will create a space for new business.

City of Niagara Falls - $2,000,000 - Six buildings will be demolished and reconstructed as a mixed-use building, housing 36 residential apartments and a commercial outlet on the ground floor in the city's Third Street Entertainment and Cultural District.

City of Dunkirk - $1,000,000 - Rehabilitation of a vacant four-story building at 23-25 Lake Shore Drive in the city's downtown harbor front district into a mixed-use facility featuring retail and/or restaurant space and market-rate loft apartments.

City of Jamestown - $1,000,000 - The Jamestown Vikings Lodge at 318 Washington Street has been vacant for the last ten years. The project will rehabilitate the three-floor building into a mixed-use commercial facility.

City of Lockport - $500,000 - The rehabilitation of 13 and 17 West Main Street into viable mixed-use facilities at the gateway to downtown Lockport, within walking distance of the Erie Canal and Lockport's historic Flight of Five Locks.

City of North Tonawanda - $161,167 - Demolition of the former fire training tower on Bridge Street to prepare the property for a future mixed-use development that can serve as a potential catalyst to the future of Tonawanda Island.

Village of Blasdell - $100,000 - Two long-vacant buildings on South Park Avenue will be rehabilitated and upgraded to attract new residential and commercial tenants.

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