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Greenway projects in Buffalo, Niagara County endorsed

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Christopher Brown of Buffalo looks over a historical informational display during a ceremony on Sunday to dedicate the First U.S. War of 1812  Bicentennial Peace Garden, at 269 Dearborn St. in Buffalo. A new proposal for the neighborhood, which calls for a multi-purpose trail, has been endorsed by the Niagara River Greenway Commission. (Charles Lewis / Buffalo News)

Eight projects have received the endorsement of the Niagara River Greenway Commission, a move that opens the door to millions in available funding.

The commission tabled one project -- a proposed dog park in Lewiston -- when it met Tuesday.

Once a project is endorsed by the commission, the applicant can make a request to any of the several standing committees which control $9 million in annual funding specifically for Greenway projects.

The Greenway Commission authored a 2008 master plan for a series of interconnected parks, trails and green spaces along the Niagara River from Buffalo to Youngstown.

Here are the projects that were endorsed Tuesday, though the vote tallys of the commission were not immediately available:

War of 1812 Trail in Black Rock - Buffalo
The proposal calls for a the development of a multi-purpose trail highlighting spots of historic significance to the War of 1812 in Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood. The project, which would include sites on Niagara, Amherst, Hamilton and Dearborn streets, has a total budget of $115,000, according to the organization's application. The project is a collaboration between the Black Rock Riverside Good Neighbor Planning Alliance, the Dearborn Street Community Association, the Northwest Buffalo Community Association and the City of Buffalo. Read the full proposal here.

Education and Interpretive Center at Joseph Davis State Park - Lewiston
A $195,000 project to improve avian habitat in the state park in Lewiston, as well as build interpretive facilities on the site. It is a collaboration between Audubon New York, the state parks office and the Buffalo Audubon Society. Click here to read the full proposal.

Comfort station at Fort Niagara State Park soccer field - Youngstown
The state parks office wants to build a new comfort station that is closer to the playing fields and that will be open year-round. The estimated cost for the project is $560,000, according to the agency's application. Here's the full proposal.

Comfort station at Four Mile Creek State Park - Porter
State parks officials want to replace an existing comfort station at a total estimated cost of $540,000, according to the agency's application. Read the full proposal here.

Kiwanis Park improvements - Lewiston
Town officials want to install a new safety surface on the ground, add a multi-use court, separate park equipment based on ages of users, and make the park compliant with the American's with Disabilities Act. Total estimated cost for the project for the park on Oxbow Lane is $240,275, according to the town's application. Read the full proposal here.

Sanborn streetscape improvements
Town of Lewiston officials want to build 5,700 linear feet of sidewalk on Saunders Settlement Road and Buffalo Street in Sanborn. The project's estimated cost is $323,799, according to the town's application. Click here for the full proposal.

Sanborn Area Historical Society expansion

The organization wants to build a 5,000-square-foot building that will include a museum and artifact display area, according to the group's application. The $260,000 project will make improvements for bus and emergency entrances, as well as make the complex compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here's the full proposal.

Village of Lewiston Historic Piper Law Office

The village moved the historic building across Center Street into Academy Park last year. Officials are looking for $54,000 to renovate the building to open a welcome center. Read the full proposal here.

Here's the project that was tabled:

Town of Lewiston dog park
Town officials have proposed creating an off-leash dog park on 1.3 acres at the Lewiston Plateau. The total cost of the project would be $51,500, including costs for fencing, landscaping and amenities. There will be separate sections of the park for big and small dogs, according to the town's application. Annual maintenance will be paid for by the town. Click here to read the full proposal.

--Aaron Besecker


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