Tonawanda News — In addition to that milestone, the museum has even more plans on the horizon. On Dec. 11, which marked the annual release of state funding through the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, Proefrock learned that the museum was awarded twice the amount for which it had applied, including $134,000 from the Empire State Development Corp. and a matching $134,450 grant through the Canalway Matching Grant Program.
The funds will allow the museum to refurbish the complex’s old office building at the rear of the property, turning it into an education center and special events space. The project will take an estimated $269,000 to complete.
“I’m really excited about that,” Profrock said. “This is last restoration project we need to do to the complex. I’m sure we’ll think of something next ... but I’ll be happy when this is completed.”
The refurbishment could begin as soon as fall 2014. Work includes a new foundation, reconstruction of the original roof line and repairs to windows, doors, siding, mechanical systems, plumbing and other site improvements.THE LIST SO FAR • No. 10: Pavilion opens in Niawanda Park • No. 9: Carrousel museum gets a boost