Webster receives $90,000 for West Webster Hamlet revitalization
Funds will support transportation planning towards the revitalization strategy
Webster, NY - The Town of Webster has secured funding in the amount of $90,000 for transportation planning towards the development of a revitalization strategy for portions of the community at the Hamlet of West Webster.
The Webster Economic Development Alliance (WEDA) secured the funds on behalf of the Town. The financial assistance is coming from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration through the Genesee Transportation Council.
According to a WEDA press release, the Town of Webster has seen record population growth for several decades. It has been followed by extensive commercial development along the Ridge Road/Empire Boulevard Corridor. However, the West Webster Hamlet has not been fortunate enough to experience that wave of investment and activity.
The revitalization 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 Road/Empire Corridor and the intersection of Ridge Road and Bay Road.
The study will also explore 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 press release states.
“The West Webster Hamlet has a rich history,” states Webster Town Supervisor Tom Flaherty. “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.”
The Town of Webster and WEDA are partners in this endeavor.
The study is projected to begin this fall. More information will follow in the coming weeks regarding citizen participation opportunities during the planning process, according to the press release.