BUFFALO - On Friday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the start of construction on a $2.2 million streetscape improvement project on the city's East Side.
"The Fillmore Avenue Streetscape Project will bring better roads, sidewalks, decorative lighting, new trees and benches to this important corridor in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park neighborhood," said Mayor Brown.
The streetscape improvements are coming to Fillmore Avenue, between North Parade Avenue and East Ferry Street. The project is intended to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety with the installation of a new street lighting system and enhanced cross walks.
Brown said the project is part of a larger plan to recreate the neighborhood as a gateway commercial corridor leading to MLK Park. It's designed to complement a number of other investments that have been made in the neighborhood since 2006, including:
A $4.5 million pool at MLK Park that rotates between being a splash pad, a reflecting pool or an ice rink, depending on the season
$800,000 in MLK Park Shelter House Improvements
A $350,000 MLK Park Picnic Shelter
The $16 million St. Martin Village Project
$500,000 in street paving, $700,000 in signal system improvements and the demolition of 131 blighted structures, at a cost of $2.1 million
An additional $900,000 in roadway improvements is also scheduled to begin along a stretch of Humboldt Parkway.