Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Sentator Charles Schumer, and Congressman Brian Higgins all gathered downtown today to announce the beginning of construction on the $21 million redevelopment of the 500 block of Main Street as part of the "Cars Sharing Main Street" project.
"Twenty-five years ago, they made a big mistake" Schumer said. "Today we're un-doing that mistake."
The 500 block of Main, which runs between Chippewa and Mohawk streets, will take 14 to 16 months to complete. Meanwhile, the 600 block of Main street, in the Theater District between Tupper and Chippewa, is 60 percent complete, and is expected to be completed and available to cars at the beginning of this spring.
Brown says the construction has created a new private sector interest in Main street. "We are seeing interest in the 500 block because of this project" Brown said. "Businesses are aware that Main Street is going to open up. We're seeing a lot of smaller businesses make investments along Main Street."
"When the 500 block and 600 block are complete, this section of Main Street will be one of the most complete streets in the entire state of New York with rail, vehicle, pedestrian, and also bicycle acces." Brown added.
BELOW: See a 3D rendering of what the completed project will look like.