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TOWN OF WEBSTER SECURES FUNDING FOR REVITALIZATION OF
WEST WEBSTER HAMLET.
Study will provide blueprint to encourage private development, enhance community character and improve pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The Town of Webster, NY has been 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.
“The West Webster Hamlet has a rich history. Anchored by the corner of Gravel and Ridge, the Hamlet has had its challenges over the last several years. This grant is a huge step forward in redeveloping the area as a destination again in the Webster Community”
~ Tom Flaherty, Supervisor, Town of Webster
The project is made possible through a partnership between the Town of Webster and the Webster Economic Development Alliance (Alliance). As the community’s economic development organization, Alliance staff coordinated the development of the project and the formulation of the grant application in conjunction with Town leaders.
The Study is anticipated to begin in Fall 2021. More information will follow in the coming weeks regarding citizen participation opportunities during the planning process.
For More Information Contact:
Josh Artuso, Director of Community Development, Town of Webster
Matt Chatfield, Executive Director, Webster Economic Development Alliance