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Village board moves forward with Springville enhancements

A partnership with Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect to design a bike path for the Rails to Trails sight was approved on June 16.
SPRINGVILLE—The Springville village board got an update on three grants they’ve applied for at their June 16 meeting. Mayor William Krebs spoke to the board on the grant for funds to apply for the East Hill residences to be on the National Register of Historic Places, the Transportation Alternative Program and a grant to purchase new property for park land.

The application for the grant for funds for the NRHP has been submitted and if it is approved, the village can go forward with applying to get the district of residences from Franklin Street to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital on the National Register of Historic Places.

The TAP grant has also been submitted which, if approved, will fund street scapes for West Main Street including trees, benches, sidewalk improvements and crosswalks. The estimated total of that grant is $1.2 million, according to Krebs.

A grant to purchase land for park use has also been submitted. The area in which the village hopes to turn into park use is on Franklin Street, next to the Municipal Building.

Mayor Krebs also asked the board to approve the inquiry of the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation to purchase the site of the former Springville Hotel on West Main Street.

BENLIC is a non-profit organization that specializes in the revitalization of distressed or delinquent properties in the region.

Krebs explained that the process is lengthy but will be a positive thing for Springville.

“This is good news for us because what it does is it takes a piece of real estate that was deteriorating the point where there was emergency demolition,” he said. “Now we’ll have a piece of property that is much closer to being put to good use and will enhance Springville.”

The board passed the approval to allow BENLIC to move forward with the acquisition of the property. From here, the BENLIC board must meet and approve purchasing the property. They will then turn it over to a business or person who will use the property to better Springville.

Krebs stated that Springville Lanes has expressed interest in the property to use as a parking lot for their business and set up picnic tables for customers.

The board also approved entering into a partnership with Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect to design landscape enhancements for Rails to Trails. The old railroad tracks, stretching from Waverly to Franklin streets, will be converted into a bicycle path. The firm, which is based in Tonawanda, will begin designing the area and seeking grants for the path.

Approval was also given to hold a village-wide garage and sidewalk sale from July 30 to Aug. 2.

The next board meeting is scheduled for July 7 in the Municipal Building, located at 65 Franklin St. at 7 p.m

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