Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown unveiled a near $23 million dollar Capital Budget proposal on Wednesday.
The breakdown is as follows:
Funding is proposed for the following new projects in 2018:
• $6.8 million - citywide street and sidewalk improvements;
• $1.5 million - property demolition
• $1.3 million - Sanitation and Parks equipment
• $920,000 - next phase of Niagara Street redevelopment (Porter to Ontario Street)
• $850,000 - new Buffalo Police Department garage roof
• $755,029 - citywide park improvements
• $684,000 - citywide tree removal and planting
• $580,500 - new commercial kitchen at MLK Park Casino;
• $500,000 - Broadway Market Exterior refurbishment
• $500,000 - Dart Street Auto Impound Building demolition
• $450,000 - New Mechanical Service Butler Building at 1120 Seneca Street
• $380,000 – Additional Bike Lanes
• $347,750 - Crane Library ADA Elevator
• $346,000 - Marcy Casino
• $321,000 - repairs for Buffalo Fire Department Engines 22, 28 and 35
• $310,000 - Allendale Theater doors, windows, masonry and security
• $175,000 - new roof for Buffalo Zoo main building
Capital budget projects approved in 2017, but will be funded through 2018 bond sales include:
• $950,000 - new Buffalo Fire Department apparatus
• $888,361 - Citywide Fire Department Building reconstruction
• $614,944 - Phase III of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus/Allen Street entrance
• $500,000 - demolition of the old Bailey Bridges
• $500,000 - Coca-Cola Field seating improvements
• $370,000 - Shoshone Park Pool reconstruction
• $357,534 - Broadway Market floor and interior rehabilitation
• $161,700 - LaSalle Park seawall
• $156,782 - Common Council Chambers accessibility upgrades
Sidewalks and streets are at the top of the budget.
Mayor Brown wants to invest more than $6 million dollars into making it easier to get around, by foot or on the road.
The condition of the city’s sidewalks came front and center in the summer of 2016 when seven-month-old Nyree Anderson was killed when a car struck her stroller on Moselle Street. Her mother says she was forced to push the stroller along the street because of broken sidewalks.
The budget proposal will now go before the Common Council.
The mayor’s spokesperson says a study will be done to determine which sidewalks need fixing.