In July 2021, the Town of Webster was awarded $90,000 in transportation planning funds towards the development of a revitalization strategy for portions of the community centered on the Hamlet of West Webster. Secured by the Webster Economic Development Alliance on behalf of the Town, financial assistance for the Study is being provided by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration through the Genesee Transportation Council.
For several decades, the Town of Webster has experienced record population growth, followed by extensive commercial development along the Ridge Road/Empire Boulevard Corridor. Unfortunately, this wave of investment and activity has failed to reach the West Webster Hamlet. The Study will build public consensus on future development patterns within the Hamlet, and will also seek transportation, land use and development recommendations for areas along the Ridge/Empire Corridor and the intersection of Ridge Road and Bay Road.
In addition to a focus on economic development and hamlet revitalization, the Study will also identify potential enhancements to pedestrian/bicycle access, safety, and connectivity of adjacent neighborhoods, shopping destinations, and adjacent recreational resources. The Town Board is committed to the safety and prosperity of residents within Webster, and this Study will provide the blueprint and guidance required to progress these endeavors in West Webster.