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April 23, 2013

Bids requested for tear-down of Green Acres landmark.

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The town board called for bids Monday night for the demolition of the iconic Green Acres water tank.

In September, officials announced that the landmark tank would be taken down instead of repaired. The tank, which is visible from I-290, was built in 1960, but hasn’t been used since 1996 due to its deteriorating condition. 

According to Ken Maving, director of the water resources division, repairing the 4-million-gallon tank would have cost $1.8 million, which exceeds the town’s bonding authority for the project. Officials are hoping it will only take $100,000 to tear it down. 

The bids are due May 14.

“We are going to award what we can afford to award, and then finish the rest ourselves,” Maving said Monday.

Some residents who live near the tank expressed concern about the demolition back in September, and were worried that the construction would result in a mess in their backyards.

“I actually enjoyed having that space and the grounds have always been taken care of wonderfully,” Amelia Bursztyn, of Koenig Road, said in September. “It sets us to wondering what will happen to that area and what they are going to do with it.”

But Maving said Monday that the work will include a cleanup of the area and removal of the tank’s ring foundation.

“There will be grass there once we are done,” Maving said.

The board also approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the national Golden Age Games on June 2, as some of the event’s competitions will take place at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in the town. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs canceled the event last month, but after officials pressed the agency to hold the event, the games were again approved.

“This is a great opportunity for us and we are honored to have them,” Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana said. 

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