Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown address reporters at the Polar Bear Exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo as he outlines details of his proposed 2013 capital budget on Friday, November 2, 2012.
Brown releases capital budget proposal
Buffalo (WBEN) -- Mayor Byron Brown on Fridayu released his proposed capital budget for 2013.
It's total $21 million and recommends city-wide infrastructure replacements, park improvements, upgrades to the Hatch Restaurant at Erie Basin Marina, and funding for the Buffalo Zoo, Coca-Cola Field, community centers, demolitions, and libraries.
Brown broke down the allocations during his announcement, and they include:
"Six million dollars for infrastructure, and that's critically important because this will give us the resources to get into the neighborhoods in every single council district," Brown said.
He spoke Friday morning at the Arctic Edge (Polar Bear) exhibit at the Buffalo Zoo, for which he's recommending $550,000 in this budget proposal.
They also include $1.3 million for upgrades at the Hatch Restaurant at the Erie Basin Marina, which he had earlier announced on Sept. 28.
Brown says his administration "thoroughly" reviewed the recommendations of the Citizens Planning Council (CPC), which evaluated more than $97 million in requests for capital spending.
Buffalo Common Council has until December 15th to adopt the recommended capital budget.
Other elements of the 2013 recommended capital budget include:
Citywide infrastructure - replacement $6,000,000
Demolitions of buildings/structures $3,253,000
City-wide parks improvements (including Broderick/LaSalle Parks) $1,823,900
Municipal building improvements (including JFK, Pratt Willert) $1,600,000
Fire & snow fighting apparatus $1,400,000
Hatch Restaurant additions/alterations $1,361,425
Ellicott Street improvements at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus $802,500
Arts & Cultural organizations $757,560
Coca-Cola Field upgrade $750,000
City-wide tree removal/planting $642,000
Arctic Edge (Polar Bear) exhibit $550,000
Street lighting $500,000
Johnnie B. Wiley lighting improvements $250,000
Allen St. streetscape $250,000
MLK Casino - exterior renovation $214,000