Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., gestures while speaking about President Barack Obama's jobs bill, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Schumer Wants Federal Money for Lower Main Street
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Senator Charles Schumer is launching a campaign to secure a $28 million federal grant to transform Buffalo's lower Main Street.
Schumer says the plan would make lower Main Street accessible by car as well as light rail. He says the project will also provide funding to return cars to the section of Main St. between Mohawk St. and Court St., helping to unlock additional storefronts and commercial space for development.
“With hundreds of millions of dollars currently being invested in projects along Lower Main Street, it is critical that we secure the funding to get this important project off the ground,” said Schumer. “We have seen first-hand what can happen when we open new parts of Main Street to vehicular traffic on the five hundred to seven hundred block of Main Street. Opening up Lower Main Street to vehicular traffic and upgrading the Metro Rail infrastructure would tie all of these new developments together in a sensible way and help speed up the revitalization process for an area that is showing new signs of life. This plan would be a real winner for downtown Buffalo, and I plan to fight tooth and nail to make sure that this project receives the federal funding it deserves.”
Schumer continued, "When we open up our streets to cars, street-level retail soon follows, and the surrounding area begins to grow and thrive. That is precisely the model I want to follow for Lower Main Street.”
The project Schumer is pushing would dedicate $16million to return cars to the section of Main Street that runs between One Seneca Center (formerly known as One HSBC Center) and the waterfront, as well as upgrade some outdated infrastructure on the Metro Rail line that runs along Lower Main Street.