Investing in the Fruit Belt

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Nearly 3 million dollars is being poured into Buffalo's "Fruit Belt" neighborhood, that announcement coming from Mayor Byron Brown on Monday.

This is actually re-investment of the money the city made by selling a portion of Goodrich Street to the Buffalo Medical Campus, keeping that money local and benefiting the residents of the Fruit Belt.

Mayor Brown alongside Councilmen Darius Pridgen and Demone Smith made the announcement Monday; $3.2 million dollars of investment that will go towards infrastructure upgrades to the neighborhood. The project will include road repairs, repaving, sidewalk and curb replacement, new lighting and more, all centered around Carlton Street near the developing Medical Campus.

"It all starts with working with the community and making the necessary investments that have to be made in the infrastructure that people want to see to stimulate the investments they want to make," Mayor Brown said.

"This is not about what is going to happen in ten years. This is about what's going to happen in ten weeks, next month, for the people that live here right now," Rev. Pridgen added.

Construction work is expected to begin in the next few weeks and last throughout the summer.

This is just investment that the Mayor says can be expected as the Medical Campus continues to expand, bringing jobs, new people, and more money to the Fruit Belt and Buffalo as a whole.