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Schumer touts $2.4M plan for East Main Street

By THOMAS ADAMS - 6/9/2014

The city of Rochester has applied for a $1.6 million federal grant to help fund up to 50 parking spaces on East Main Street from East Avenue to the Genesee River, officials announced Monday.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to push for the Transportation Alternatives Program grant, which would be part of a $2.4 million effort to transform Main Street into a thriving area for pedestrian, retail and commercial activity, Schumer said during a news conference in front of the Bank of America building at 1 East Ave.

“We know have our best chance in over three decades to revitalize Main Street and chart a new, prosperous course forward for downtown Rochester by injecting new energy, new on-street parking, street-level retail, restaurants and housing right in the beating heart of downtown,” Schumer said.

The parking spaces could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in retail sales for Main Street businesses, support existing redevelopment sites such as Midtown and the Sibley Centre, and attract new retail and commercial activity to Main Street, Schumer said.

Schumer also announced his support for a $1 million in TAP funding for infrastructure improvements along North Avenue in the village of Webster.

Applications for TAP funding are due Wednesday. Awards are expected to be identified this fall.

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