April 10 – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets, Empire State Development (ESD), and the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) will hold a public meeting at Erie County Community College’s Minnie Gillette Auditorium, located at 121 Ellicott Street, on Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m., to present conceptual designs of the upcoming Erie-Shelton Square Greenway Project.BUDC Chairman Mayor Brown stated, “The City of Buffalo’s partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Empire State Development is making this transformative project a reality, continuing my Administration’s efforts to create a 24/7 live, work and play environment in Buffalo’s downtown core, while further improving access to Buffalo’s waterfront for all to enjoy."The Erie-Shelton Square Greenway Project will create a walkable, bikeable, pedestrian connection that utilizes a series of existing parks and greenspaces along the Erie Street corridor, leading from downtown’s central business district to the waterfront. It will also detail strategies for infrastructure and public realm enhancements to create stronger linkages between adjacent park spaces, improve the public setting to attract and encourage continued investment and add to downtown Buffalo’s quality of life for employees, residents and visitors.Funding for the project comes from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion 2 Initiative and the New York State Department of Parks. It’s being managed by the City of Buffalo’s Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets and the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation.“The Erie-Shelton Square Greenway will connect the parks and public spaces between Buffalo’s downtown and waterfront. It’s a Buffalo Billion project that demonstrates how the state’s investments in placemaking ultimately connect people—Buffalo’s students, residents and visitors—and revitalize cities,” said Howard Zemsky, President and CEO of Empire State Development.The public meeting will be facilitated by Clark, Patterson, and Lee Landscape Architects. Light refreshments will also be provided. For more information, contact Brandye Merriweather, BUDC Vice President of Downtown Development at 716-856-6525 or at [email protected].