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February 20, 2013

City, town seek waterfront funding

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Tonawanda News — The Town of Tonawanda asked for $75,000 that would cover costs for a six-month consultation study to determine how to improve the landscaping of the town’s waterfront. 

“We seek to improve the traveler’s experience by enhancing the natural beauty of our six miles of shoreline of the Niagara River,” Jim Jones, town engineer, said. 

Jones said the landscaping project would improve environmental conditions, change negative perceptions about the waterfront and create a better climate for future investment along the waterfront. 

The town and the consultant would consider three alternatives and their related costs to identify the best way of improving the corridor. 

Other presenters included representatives from the Buffalo Museum of Science’s Tifft Education Center who hope to build an additional structure to accommodate more guests, the Zoological Society for improvements at the Buffalo Zoo and the Old First Ward Community Center for a public access dock in the industrial area of Buffalo’s waterfront, Silo City. 

The committee will announce its decisions regarding allocation of the funds in March. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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