Block grant funding helps replace town sidewalks

Block grant funding is allowing the town to replace sidewalks in the southwest part of Cheektowaga. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Block grant funding is allowing the town to replace sidewalks in the southwest part of Cheektowaga. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -Sidewalks on five streets in the southwest part of Town will be getting replaced thanks to block grant funding from the federal government.

The sidewalks on Griswold, Meadowbrook, Pleasant, Shanley and Willowlawn will be getting a full replacement according to Supervisor Diane Benczkowski’s office.

“This project is about improving the quality of life for residents living in this neighborhood,” said Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.  “Replacing these sidewalks not only gives residents a safer avenue for walking, but will also add aesthetic value to the neighborhood.  It is vital that we continue to help revitalize our neighborhoods through projects such as this one, and I’m committed to providing a safe and sound public infrastructure for all our residents.”

The funding for this project is made possible through Community Development Block Grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The area bound by Clinton Street to the south, Buffalo city line to the west, New York State Thruway to the North and Meadowbrook Parkway to the east, qualifies for the use of CDBG funds for public improvements.

The Town estimates that it will replace 52,900 square feet of sidewalk at an estimated cost of $320,000. 

Project construction is tentatively scheduled to begin during the week of May 15th and continue for the next month. 

Construction is to be completed by town contractor Scott Lawn Yard, Inc. and residents will be notified by the contractor when work is scheduled to take place in front of their property.