EDA directs $55,000 to Medina for pedestrian bridge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 February 2019 at 3:49 pm

MEDINA – The Village of Medina will be getting $55,000 from the Orleans Economic Development Agency to build a new pedestrian bridge over Oak Orchard Creek on Maple Ridge Road.

The EDA’s board of directors approved the allocation on Friday. The money comes from a revolving loan fund that needs to be phased out.

Medina also will use $130,000 from the Town of Shelby for the bridge. That $130,000 also is from the revolving loan fund through the EDA.

The state is making the economic development agencies around the state close out the funds. The remaining funds can stay local if there is a project identified by March 31. The projects need to serve low-to-moderate income residents, or improve handicapped accessibility at a public space.

If a project isn’t identified that meets the state criteria, the funds need to be sent back to Albany.

The section of Maple Ridge by the creek has become busier with a housing development, several new businesses and also the GCC campus center. There are also about 200 available acres in the area being promoted for development by the EDA.

The pedestrian bridge and sidewalks on Maple Ridge have been sought by the village for several years but Medina didn’t receive grants for the project.

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