By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — The Niagara River Greenway Commission has awarded the City of Tonawanda a $210,000 grant for the construction of fishing pier, Mayor Ron Pilozzi announced Thursday.
Pilozzi and City Engineer Jason LaMonaco presented their proposal to the commission last month. Fourteen other cities and groups also vied for the funds, and in total, asked the commission for $6.2 million.
As part of the 50-year licensing agreement with NYPA for the Niagara Power Project, the Greenway Commission has $2 million at its disposal every year to fund such projects.
“To date, we have competed for and won $1,862,000 in grant funding for waterfront improvements in our city,” Mayor Pilozzi said of the award, which the Greenway commission presented to LaMonaco and Pilozzi Tuesday.
The pier will be located under the pedestrian bridge near Long Homestead, and will be handicapped-accessible.
The total cost of the pier will be $425,000, and only $5,000 of that money will come from city taxpayers. The other $210,000 will come from the New York State Division of Coastal Resources.
LaMonaco said the project is ready to begin and the city has received all the necessary permits — a process that took a year and a half.
Major construction of the fishing pier, which will measure 1,000 square feet, will hopefully be complete by the end of 2013, with planting and work on parts of the eroded land to be finished in the spring of 2014.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150