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Main Street Grant bringing improvements to Blasdell

BLASDELL — Aesthetic improvements to frequented locales on South Park Avenue will soon be coming to the village of Blasdell.

That is because village officials announced, during the Jan. 22 meeting, that Blasdell will receive $100,000 for façade and other structural improvements from the New York Main Street Program, and administered through the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation.

It was reported that Blasdell and the Hamburg Development Corporation had cooperatively submitted an application of $250,000 for 2013 New York Main Street Program funds. Blasdell received $100,000 of that requested grant funding, to be used for renovation and façade work.

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie said that the major cluster of businesses receiving structural improvements through the grant stand between Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant at 3785 South Park Ave. and Skora’s Collision Shop at 3918 South Park Ave.

Village Clerk Administrator Janet Plarr added that businesses receiving such improvements were ones that initially signed up as part of the grant application process and had gathered information regarding grant parameters. Hamburg Floor Covering and Command Liquor & Wines were a few of the several businesses mentioned that will be receiving improvements.

“It’s a great thing for the village,” Petrie said, about the grant improvements. “It will help store fronts and hopefully attract new businesses into the village.”

Improvement work on the South Park businesses will begin, once the weather clears.

In another matter, the village board approved resolutions to accept the resignation of Alan Ortiz from the position of part-time police officer from the Blasdell Police Department, and to remove Michael Evelo from the active ranks of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department.

Village Trustee Kathy Seufert King described Ortiz, who is transferring to the Buffalo Police Department, as a great asset to the Blasdell community. Petrie said that Ortiz was extremely active and helpful conducting law enforcement matters.

Evelo was said to have moved out of the village district; Petrie wished him luck in the future.

The next meeting of the Blasdell Village Board will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the village municipal building. During that meeting, heads of various village departments will submit fiscal requests, to be considered as part of Blasdell’s upcoming budget planning process.

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