Tonawanda News


May 29, 2013

NT seeking state grants


Tonawanda News — Tindell said the city will apply for $250,000 to refurbish up to 20 buildings there, though further details were scant during Tuesday evening’s work session, as he and his right-hand man, Michael Zimmerman, work their way through the application process. 

Funding for a public art project, also lacking in detail until the application process is compete, will be sought by the city, which would entail $50,000 in grant money through the New York State Council on the Arts. 

Out of nine projects applied for by the city since the grant process was first announced by Cuomo in July 2011, the LCDC has brought in $1.3 million for four projects including the Remington Tavern, the construction of kayak launching points along the canal, microenterprise efforts in the downtown corridor and the remediation of stormwater runoff along Webster Street. 

Council President Rich Andres said he would also like to see funds come to make the Carnegie Art Center on Goundry Street handicap accessible and to have streetscape work conducted along River Road. 

The projects, submitted for review by the state, are required to show “some sort of community need” and eligibility requirements, Tindell said.

“I think all of these do,” he added.   

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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