July 17, 2019
GObike Executive Director Justin Booth joined New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader David Rivera, Owner of G&L Flooring Paul Murphy and Owner of Freddy J’s BBQ Fred Daniel to discuss two recent investments in Grant Street.
The infrastructure revitalization project, funded with $17,000 from the office of Majority Leader David Rivera and a $99,600 grant from the Oishei Foundation will allow for a technical analysis of Grant Street which will identify possibilities for future infrastructure projects. This study, led by Go Bike Buffalo and Preservation Buffalo Niagara, will include an infrastructure and traffic analysis, an analysis of commercial and community assets as well as provide technical assistance for property owners.
The results of this study will lead to the testing of potential changes to traffic patterns before permanent changes are implemented. This “pop up infrastructure” will allow for temporary changes in the streetscape to see how people interact with the new patterns and allow the public to provide feedback before expensive permanent solutions are designed. Removable bump-outs at intersections, temporary bike lanes and creative reuse of parking spaces to support seating for restaurants are examples of
temporary changes that could be implemented for public review.
The storefront revitalization project will utilize a $252,500 grant from the Buffalo Billion 2 fund to help revitalize Grant Street storefronts. The grants, administered from the Better Buffalo Fund Main Street Initiative by Heart of the City, will allow six Grant Street businesses to restore aging exteriors and complete necessary repairs to bring buildings into compliance with the local municipal code. The awards will be distributed as follows:
With residential and commercial investment in Grant Street rapidly increasing these funds will help to ensure these businesses can continue to grow with the neighborhood around them. These two projects are designed with a focus on identifying the needs of people currently living in the neighborhood and encouraging the growth of retail businesses that will serve those needs. With
approximately 35% of neighborhood residents having no access to a vehicle, those solutions will focus on walkability, encouraging the use of bikes and public transportation as well as identifying businesses and growing that serve the local community.