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Brown eyes a bit more capital spending to spruce up city in 2018

There is $6.8 million set aside for city-wide street and sidewalk improvements.

Another $1.5 million will go toward city-wide demolitions and building code compliance.

And $1.3 million will pay for equipment for the Parks Department and the Sanitation Division.

The spending is part of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s $22.8 million proposed capital budget to fund equipment purchases and infrastructure improvements around the city in 2018.

The spending plan continues his commitment to arts and culture, parks and recreation and infrastructure, as well as  improving the delivery of city services and helping prepare residents for the jobs of the future, Brown said.  The recommended budget also would allow the city to continue street and sidewalk upgrades in the Fruit Belt and throughout the city, he added.

The recommended capital budget is a fine-tuned version of the proposal crafted by the Citizens Planning Council, which reviewed more than $50 million in requests for capital spending.

Brown unveiled the budget proposal during a City Hall press conference Wednesday and filed it with the Common Council, which has until Dec. 15 to act on it.

“I’m confident, if the Common Council accepts this package of recommendations, these capital investments will enhance and strengthen our city neighborhoods and improve delivery of city services for many years to come,” Brown said.

Some of the other expenditures in Brown’s spending proposal include:

  • $950,000 to buy state-of-the-art fire-fighting equipment;
  • $850,000 for the roof of the Buffalo Police Department's garage;
  • $755,029 for city-wide improvements to parks;
  • $310,300 to rehab doors, windows and masonry at the Allentown Theatre of Youth;
  • $321,000 for repairs to Buffalo Fire Department Engines 22, 28 and 35;
  • $175,000 for a new roof for the Buffalo Zoo’s main building;
  • $156,782 for Common Council Chambers accessibility upgrades;
  • $684,000 for city-wide tree removal and planting;
  • $500,000 for Coca-Cola Field seating improvements;
  • $614,944 for Phase III of the work at the Allen Street entrance to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus:
  • $500,000 for demolition of the Dart Street Auto Impound building;
  • $580,500 for a new commercial kitchen for the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Casino;
  • $500,000 for the reconstruction of Bailey Avenue bridges;
  • $920,000 for the next phase of the Niagara Street redevelopment project; and
  • $888,361 for city-wide reconstruction of Fire Department buildings.

This year's proposed capital budget – which is funded through borrowing – is slightly higher than the ones Brown sought in the prior two years. Last year, Brown proposed a $20 million capital budget for 2017; and a year before that, he proposed a $20.6 million capital spending plan for 2016.

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