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New York officials announce the awarding of $100,000 to Blasdell

BLASDELL — New York Sen. Mark Grisanti and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan have announced that the Regional Economic Development Council awarded $100,000 toward the reconstruction of the village of Blasdell’s central business district.

Owners of mixed-use buildings will utilize the funds to complete renovation projects and upgrade Blasdell’s main business corridor, including making drainage improvements, pavement replacement, curbing and driveway approach replacement and various other efforts, to make Blasdell more pedestrian friendly.

“I support this project and have met with many village residents, business owners and elected officials on this issue, including Mayor Michael Petrie and Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, who also supports this project,” Grisanti said. “I believe once the project is finished, Blasdell will become more user friendly for residents and visitors to the village and help attract new business to the area and encourage economic development.”

Ryan said, “This funding will be a significant boost to the village of Blasdell and will help with much-needed renovations to many mixed-use buildings in the village. My thanks to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and [New York] Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo, for approving this important project.”

“The village of Blasdell is grateful for all the effort and support of Sen. Grisanti, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and the Hamburg Development Corporation in our grant application and the recent announcement by Gov. Cuomo and the Western New York Regional Development Council regarding funding through the New York Main Street Program,” Petrie said. “The money received from the New York Main Street Program will assist the owners of mixed-use properties on South Park Avenue in the village of Blasdell complete commercial and residential renovation projects. We hope these improvements lead to job creation and retention in our central business district.”

Dixon said, “I am thrilled that the village of Blasdell is getting this economic shot in the arm. Business leaders and residents have been fighting for quite some time to give Blasdell the help that it needs. It is nice to see the dollars coming to this great community to help jump start those efforts. I am appreciative of Sen. Grisanti and all those involved for securing the funding for Blasdell to make that happen.”

The Regional Economic Development Council is supported by existing resources and personnel who are dedicated to economic development efforts.

“This is a great win for the Southtowns community and represents the first step towards the transformation of Lake Avenue in the village of Blasdell,” Grisanti said.

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