Williamsville, NY (WBEN) - The Village of Williamsville has moved another step closer to making its streets more pedestrian friendly.
Senator Charles Schumer announced today that the first $800,000 has been secured for the “Picture Main Street” project in Williamsville that will spruce up the neighborhood around the Williamsville Water Mill on Spring Street.
The project, which has a combined construction budget of $6.7 million is expected to create significant construction jobs. In addition, the plan will create a new “off main street” business district around the historic Mill and Spring St. creating a permanent home for the Williamsville Farmers Market, new retail and commercial space and will trigger an immediate investment of nearly $4 million into the mill property. In addition, the Village predicts that at least 8 new parcels of “in-fill” development will take place once the project is complete – all of which will lead to an increase in visitors and shopping throughout the Village. The Williamsville Business Association, which represents local retails, restaurants, and other businesses throughout the village projects that the project will have a significant net positive impact for all existing local businesses, in addition to attracting new businesses to the region.
“Picture Main Street” is a comprehensive plan designed by the Village of Williamsville that seeks to address these problems by improving a number of different amenities along Main Street, including: widening sidewalks, making aesthetic improvements, updating signage and traffic signals and lighting, and increasing the availability of parking. Schumer argued that these measures, among others, will help cut down on traffic, improve the access to local businesses and attract more visitors to Williamsville.