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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Mayor Brown Announces Museum Day In Buffalo
September 16, 2014 -More than a dozen museums and cultural institutions in Buffalo will open their doors free of charge September 27th as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live!
Mayor Byron Brown, joined by members of the Buffalo Arts Commission and representatives from Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and participating museums and cultural organizations, gathered on the steps of Buffalo City Hall to announce that on Saturday, September 27, 2014, more than a dozen Buffalo area museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission to visitors who present a ‘Museum Day Live!’ ticket, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual ‘Museum Day Live!’ initiative. He also issued a proclamation, declaring September 27, 2014 as ‘Museum Day’ in the City of Buffalo.
Buffalo's Theater District Will Have A Brighter Look for Curtain Up As The $8 Million Main Street Makeover Of The 600 Block Nears Completion
September 16, 2014 - Mayor Brown and Congressman Higgins announce that with construction coming to an end on downtown’s 600 Block of Main Street in a month, vehicles roll yet another step closer to their return to this critical corridor; new decorative street lights on the 600 Block will brighten this week’s kick off to Buffalo’s theater season
Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the $8 million redevelopment of the 600 Block of Main Street is nearing completion - about one month away from the NFTA’s testing phase on this premier stretch of Main Street between Tupper and Chippewa streets in the city’s Theater District. This will be the first block that vehicular traffic will be returned to Main, with vehicles sharing the track bed with the Light Rail Rapid Transit (LRRT). As part of the project, new decorative street lights were also added on the 600 Block, brightening this stretch of Main Street just in time for the start of Buffalo’s new theater season.
“We’re another step closer to returning traffic to the 600 Block of Main Street for the first time in decades,” said Mayor Brown, noting that today’s announcement continues this week’s good news along this stretch of downtown Main Street where a major national movie theater chain is expected to move in as part of The Benchmark Group’s $8 million redevelopment plan for the Market Arcade Cinema Complex. “This is another important step in returning cars to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo, which has been one of my goals since taking office. It’s essential to link the dynamic development activity of the rapidly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus with the continuing growth of residential, cultural and commercial activity throughout downtown.”
“The transformation of Main Street is contributing to a different view of Downtown, a view that returns Main Street as the front door of the downtown core which once was seen primarily as a place for working, but today is increasingly a place for living, dining and entertainment,” said Congressman Higgins. “This project builds on the fundamental strategy that when you improve access and infrastructure, economic development and jobs follow.”
Buffalo’s downtown Main Street plays a vital role in Buffalo’s new era of opportunity. Returning vehicular traffic to this 10-block stretch of Main Street corrects what some viewed as an urban planning mistake from the 1980’s, ensuring that Buffalo continues to move forward, and grow into a healthy, vibrant downtown. Read More...
Benchmark Selected To Develop The Market Arcade Cinema Complex
September 11, 2014 - Mayor Brown applauds the nearly $9 million renovation that is expected to bring one of the largest theater chains in the United States to downtown Buffalo, along with digital format screens, luxury seating and new jobs
Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to announce today the selection of The Benchmark Group as the designated developer of the Market Arcade Cinema Complex. He also provided an update on Benchmark’s plan to bring AMC, one of the largest theater chains in the country, to Buffalo - along with eight screens updated to digital format for first run movies, luxury seating and more. The project also calls additional improvements, including updates to theater amenities, office space and theater facades, for a total estimated project cost of nearly $9 million“This theater will be the ‘best of the best’ and fits in perfectly with my vision to create a 24/7 live, work and play environment in downtown Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown, noting that today’s announcement fits in nicely with his goal of creating 1,300 new housing units downtown by 2018 to entice more people to live and purchase property in Buffalo. “I want to thank Benchmark for putting before us a remarkable proposal that will add to the momentum on the newly developed 600 Block of Main Street and bring tremendous economic impact to the community.”
“We are proud to be named the designated developer of the Market Arcade Cinema Complex,” said Steven J. Longo, Chief Operating Officer of The Benchmark Group. “This project will further enhance the current development on downtown Main Street and in the process create a destination attraction to draw hundreds of thousands of people to Buffalo.”
Since 2012, Buffalo has experienced over $4.5 billion in new economic development activity, providing the opportunity for the City and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) –which has subsidized the Market Arcade’s operation since 1991 with an initial investment of $4.5 million and an average yearly subsidy of $50,000 - to transition the property back to private ownership. Three development proposals were submitted after Mayor Brown and BURA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in March 2014, encouraging developers to put forth their best ideas to create something great for the Market Arcade Cinema Complex. The Benchmark Group, Signature and Nidus Development and Sinatra & Co. submitted proposals..Read More...
Mayor Brown, Police Commissioner Derenda Unveil "Safe Prescription Drop-Off" Program
August 28, 2014 - Establishing drug drop-off boxes at each of the city’s 5 District Police Stations is part of Mayor Brown’s overdose prevention initiative • A-DISTRICT 1847 South Park Avenue
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Mayor Brown Announces New Clothing Recycling Initiative
August 26, 2014 - Mayor Byron Brown today introduced the newly created Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods. The Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods (WNYCDG) is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations with a mission to educate the community about the environmental and economic benefits of recycling unwanted clothing and other donated goods, while providing easy access to donation opportunities.
“Many of the clothing items we throw away every day have the potential to be reused for their original or new purposes and by giving this material to local donation centers, you can help our city further strengthen its recycling program,” said Mayor Brown, challenging city residents to take part in this new initiative to help reach Buffalo’s ambitious recycling goal of 34% recycling by 2018. “As part of this new initiative, unwanted clothing will be resold or recycled by participating donation centers, with proceeds going to support efforts to raise further awareness about the importance of recycling in our community. I thank the non-for-profit organizations for bringing this idea to my attention and look forward to partnering with them on up-coming clothing recycling drives.”
“It’s important that our residents know that to recycle effectively includes much more than putting our household recyclables at the curb. The creation of the Coalition has taken the unprecedented step of providing a strong, cohesive voice which clearly demonstrates that “Reuse” is an important component of reducing our current waste stream,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “I think many people do not realize that even if a piece of clothing is worn or torn, it can still be recycled and that it makes much more sense to donate rather than to throw usable items in the trash.”
WNYCDG was formed through the efforts of Mayor Brown in response to a request from local non-for-profit donation centers that was made during a recent episode of CitiStat Buffalo. The latest research shows that the average person throws out over 70 pounds of clothing a year - all that material can be used by nonprofit donation centers. The WNYCDG is made of the following organizations: Goodwill Industries of WNY, The Salvation Army of Buffalo, Buffalo City Mission, AMVETS and Hearts for the Homeless of WNY.
“We are grateful to Mayor Brown for taking these unprecedented steps in support of the WNYCDG,” said Lisa Churakos, spokesperson for the Western New York Coalition for Donated goods and Director of Donated Goods for Goodwill Industries. “Local nonprofits are now working together for the first time to educate the public on the impact their donations will have on the community. The people who live and work here have an opportunity to better their communities by the simple act of donating unwanted goods to a local non-profit, it’s a powerful act, that will impact ours and future generations.”
“Clothing and other textile recycling is an important part of our goal to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Susan Attridge, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Buffalo. “We plan to continue expanding this program to include durable goods such as furniture and construction material.”
The WNYCDG’s first annual Clothing Drop-off event was held on August 26, 2014 from 12:00 PM – 3:00PM at Niagara Square in Buffalo and continues at the Walden Galleria on August 27-29, 2014 from 10:00AM – 7:00PM. Residents who participate in these first few launch events will receive a Value-Guide coupon book. Residents can also visit the City of Buffalo website to find a donation center near them. www.city-buffalo.com/reuse Read More...
Mayor Brown, Congressman Higgins Announce The Start Of The Niagara Street Gateway Construction Project
August 19, 2014 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins, joined by City of Buffalo Council President Darius Pridgen, Council Member David Rivera, the NFTA, The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, D’Youville College, and members of other neighborhood groups, businesses and residents, announced the start of construction on a $16.3 million infrastructure improvement project along Niagara Street that will improve this important gateway to the downtown business district. Phase one of this multi-phased project costs $2.8 million.
“Strong infrastructure is critical to Buffalo’s economy and quality of life,” said Mayor Brown. “Today important roadwork begins on Niagara Street – construction that will help us position Niagara Street as an attractive anchor for city residents, business leaders and visitors to get in and out of downtown Buffalo. I look forward to working with our many other partners in government on this important project. A better Gateway makes Buffalo an even better place to live, work and invest.”
“Niagara Street serves as a critical gateway for those entering our city from Southern Ontario and Western New York’s northern communities,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “This project lays out a new and improved welcome mat into the City of Buffalo as well as creating a stronger foundation to support the Niagara Street business district."
The Niagara Street Gateway serves as a prime corridor connecting Porter Avenue and Downtown Buffalo, and once the infrastructure improvements are complete, the entire West Side will benefit greatly.
“Traveling on Niagara Street gives you a perfect glimpse of the diversity of Buffalo. From the epicenter of our city in bustling Niagara Square, you head up Avenida San Juan through the Hispanic Heritage District, you pass through Olmsted’s Front Park, before coming upon historic Broderick Park and our reviving Industrial district, and ending in beautiful Riverside. I applaud the Mayor and his Administration for prioritizing Niagara Street as the place for infrastructural investment and improvements. As our city progresses, it is important that we provide safe places for people to bike and walk and I’m pleased to see the new Niagara Street will be that place.” Read More...
Mayor Brown, BPS Students Join Educators, Scientists and Business Leaders For The BPS STEM Experience Kick Off
August 21, 2014 - With the start of the new academic year only weeks away in Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Public School students joined educators, scientists and business leaders at the Math, Science & Technology Preparatory School to officially kick-off the new Buffalo Schools STEM Experience – Science Week All Year Long.
“We’re working every day to ensure our children in Buffalo are ready to learn, ready to grow and ready to succeed because our students are our future,” said Mayor Brown. “I commend the vision and leadership of our STEM Partners for strategically expanding STEM-related opportunities that inform and encourage city youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
This public/private partnership is designed to further spark children’s interest in STEM careers by using hands-on learning year-round to engage, excite and educate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Inaugurated last year with the first annual Buffalo Public Schools Science Week, this year’s greatly expanded program begins at the start of the new academic year. It includes: Read More...
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