The Village of Williamsville will receive $250,000 in state funding to help transform an industrial part of the village into one that is more residential, with plans for new housing to replace the Herbert F. Darling Inc. construction complex on California Drive.
Funding for the South Long Community Project was secured by State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer.
Village officials have been developing a plan for the neighborhood since May 2014, though recently neighborhood residents have expressed concerns about the effect Natale Development’s plan to build 30 townhouses and 112 apartments there will have on traffic.
Mayor Brian J. Kulpa said the funding secured by Ranzenhofer is critical to bring the South Long Community Project to fruition.
The total cost of the project is about $1.5 million. The project is in its final design phase, with construction expected to start in 2017.