City receives part of grant that will fund Main St. project

The U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing $1.6 million of a $15 million grant, which will be used to complete planning and design to bring cars back to the 500 block of Main Street.

The city has been returning cars to Main Street in stages, and the 500 block, the longest section of the project, will cost $22 million.

The block is bounded by Chippewa and Mohawk streets and includes such landmarks as the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Fountain Plaza and Rotary Rink.

In the fall of 2013, construction on the 600 block of Main is expected to end, and construction in the 500 block is expected to begin. At that time, the rest of the grant will be released, said Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

The funding was announced Tuesday by Schumer and Mayor Byron W. Brown.


Capital spending plan of $21 million approved

The Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday met for four minutes and quickly approved a $21 million capital spending plan for 2013, making few changes from what was proposed by Mayor Byron W. Brown.

Added to the budget was $250,000 for new curbs and sidewalks in the five-points area at the intersection of West Utica, Rhode Island and Brayton streets.

The Council deleted $250,000 in spending on demolitions and added $450,000 for streets and sidewalks for a net increase of $200,000 over Brown’s recommendation.

The Council will vote to borrow to fund the projects in the spring.


Residents invited to meeting focusing on flood insurance

Residents of Lackawanna who are required by the federal government to pay flood insurance on their homes are invited to an open meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Queen of Angels Church, 144 Warsaw St.

Second Ward Councilwoman Rebecca L. Darch, State Sen. Michael Kearns and other area government officials are expected to be on hand to discuss negative economic impacts of the requirement and efforts to have it lifted.


Schofield adult day care moves to new location

The last program operating inside the vacant Sheehan Health Network hospital at 425 Michigan Ave., the Schofield Residence’s Adult Day Health Care Program, has moved to a new location.

Schofield opened its doors Monday at 190 Fulton St. near the Mercy Health Center Clinic at South Park Avenue and Louisiana Street. The phone number, 849-8720, remains the same.

The program, the largest of its kind in upstate New York, provides care in morning and afternoon sessions to more than 200 frail seniors and disabled adults who might otherwise need nursing home care.

It had been on the third floor of Sheehan since October 2007. The hospital closed last summer and the property was sold in a bankruptcy auction last month.