Lakewood & Busti Awarded 1.493 Million Dollars in Grants

Aerial picture of sediment flowing into lake

The Village of Lakewood and the Town of Busti have been notified that they have been awarded $1,493,921.00 dollars from various state agencies through this years Consolidated Funding Application process as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative for 2018.
The projects include:
New York Main Street – Target Area Grant
NYS Housing Trust Fund  and the Office of Community Renewal
The Village of Lakewood will assist in the renovation of mixed-use properties in the Village’s Chautauqua Avenue Business District.
Lowe Park Green Infrastructure Improvements
NYS DOS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program
The Village of Lakewood will design and construct green stormwater infrastructure improvements at Lowe Park, implementing the Chautauqua Lake Local Waterfront Revitalization Program  and Watershed Management Plan. The project will reduce nutrient inputs entering Chautauqua Lake which contribute to excessive aquatic vegetation growth and threaten its recreational use. Park improvements will also include a pavilion, bike shelter, pedestrian bridge, interpretive panels, plantings and rain gardens.
Chautauqua Avenue Green Street Retrofit
Environmental Facilities Corporation – GIGP
The Village of Lakewood will use the GIGP funds to transform Chautauqua Avenue into a green street. The installation of porous pavers and stormwater street trees will help revitalize the village center while reducing stormwater runoff to Chautauqua Lake.
Precision Swale Stormwater Retrofits – Busti
Department of Environmental Conservation – Water Quality Improvement Program
The Town of Busti will construct swale retrofits including 2100 linear feet of steep gradient swale riffle pool sequences and 2500 linear feet of shallow swales with enhanced vegetated filter strips. This project will improve drainage throughout the town and village and reduce the amount of sediment entering Chautauqua Lake, including phosphorous that may lead to harmful algal blooms.