Mayor's capital budget would invest in city
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recommended $22-million in capital projects that he says are critical to stimulate more people wanting to live and invest in the City of Buffalo.
"We feel these are investments that will stimulate more people to live in the city of Buffalo and more people to want in the city of Buffalo," said Mayor Brown. This budget addresses key areas including parks, cultural institutions and infrastructure. Critical improvements that make Buffalo a more attractive place to live, work and do business."
A capital budget proposal for the Common Council needs to approve by December 15th. The Mayor recommended a wide variety of projects, including $2.7 million community centers and another $2.7 for the demolition of vacant, dilapidated buildings.
"Each demolition of a residential structure is between $16,000 to $20,000 per structure," said Mayor Brown.
The Mayor's recommendations include $1.3 million for city parks and $200,000 for a new elevator at Delaware Park's Marcy Casino. It is a project Olmsted Parks Conservancy CEO Thomas Herrara-Mischler praised.
"These are very old historic structures and they have to be carefully transformed to meet modern needs and putting this elevator in the Marcy Casino is going to open up the access for this building for anyone who has mobility issues," said Herrara-Mischler
Buffalo Bisons Vice President and General Manager Mike Buczkowski praised the Mayor's inclusion of $750,000 for Coca-Cola Field.
"But as you can imagine an outdoor facility, 25 Buffalo winters ,needs to continually be upgraded so it can remain a jewel of downtown," said Buczkowksi.
Buffalo Zoo president & CEO Donna Fernandez also praised the Mayor's inclusion of $535,000 to demolish the Zoo's polar bear exhibit.
"It by no means meets the new standards for husbandry and care of polar bears and was recently cited in our accreditation inspection as a major concern and we do risk losing our polar bears unless the exhibit is upgraded," said Fernadez.