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Map: Targeted area for Old Stone Chimney

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The New York Power Authority says it will fund a study of the relocation of the treasured Old Stone Chimney, which currently stands in an embankment of the Robert Moses Parkway.

Above is a screenshot of a Google map, with the red marker indicating the area to be studied as the potential new location.

Once any move is completed - an aspect that still would need a committment of funding - there would be another phase of work to enhance the historical interpretation at the site, Mayor Paul A. Dyster said.

Non-profit awarded $2.9 million from state for affordable housing in Niagara Falls

Housing Visions Inc., a Syracuse-based not-for-profit, was awarded $2.9 million in low-interest loans and tax credits for its $12 million Walnut Avenue Homes project, the state announced today.

The organization is planning to construct 41 housing units at eight properties on Walnut Avenue as well as Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets.

Audio: Niagara Falls re-ups with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

Lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls on Monday night renewed the city's membership with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the regional business development and marketing group based in Buffalo.

The City Council approved $50,000 in funding by a 3-1 vote. Funding from the city's share of casino revenue will be used to pay for it. Here's the audio from the vote:

Council Chairman Charles A. Walker said the city does not have anyone currently on staff whose job it is to do what the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise does. The city has property to market, and finding future development opportunities will help grow the tax base, Walker said, describing continued membership as "investing in our city" and helping to drive economic development.

Groundbreaking on new Falls train station may happen next month

Decades-old plans for a new train station in the city appear to be finally coming to fruition.

The Niagara Falls City Council tonight awarded a $22.7 million contract for the construction of a new train station in the city's North End. Lawmakers awarded the contract to Scrufari Construction, which came in with the lowest of two bids for the work. LPCiminelli was the other firm to place a bid.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster said the city still has to speak with Scrufari representatives, but a groundbreaking is likely to occur on the project sometime next month. "I'm extremely gratified that we were able to pass a series of measures tonight that make the train station project a reality," Dyster said after the Council meeting.

$22.7 million construction deal considered for new Falls train station

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Niagara Falls lawmakers tonight will consider awarding a $22.7 million construction contract for the planned train station in the city's North End.

Scrufari Construction was deemed to be the low bidder out of two firms who submitted bids. LPCiminelli was the other firm who submitted a bid.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall.

Public hearing on proposed charter school in Niagara Falls set for April 30

A public hearing on the proposed charter school in Niagara Falls will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 30 in Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road.

A group has asked the state for permission to start the Academy of Learning and Leadership Charter School at a yet-to-be-determined location in the city. If approved, it would be the first charter school within the city limits.

Part of 87th Street to be closed for bridge painting

A section of 87th Street will be closed starting April 14 for about three weeks while the LaSalle Expressway bridge over the roadway is painted.

The section of 87th between Buffalo Avenue and Mang Avenue will be closed to all traffic, the state Department of Transportation announced Monday.

Five weeks of bulk trash pickup starts Monday

NIAGARA FALLS – Starting this week and running through May 9, city residents will be able to dispose of bulk trash items with the regular weekly garbage pickup.

Tree limbs must be cut in 4-foot sections and bundled in order to be picked up. Leaves and brush may also be put curbside.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold its first meeting to finalize city charter reforms at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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