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Niagara Falls lawmakers oppose police barracks location

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Niagara Falls lawmakers on Monday night joined the opposition to locating a State Parks Police barracks on the rim of the Niagara Gorge.

The City Council voted unanimously in support of finding another site for the proposed police station, the construction of which was put on hold last week.

A new, 7,000-square-foot barracks was proposed because the state wants to move the current station off Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park in order to allow for an expansion of facilities for the Cave of the Winds attraction. The proposed site is located behind the Howard Johnson hotel, 454 Main St.

The photo above, taken June 16, shows the site the day after state parks officials announced a temporary halt to construction. While site preparation work was put on hold, remediation work was expected to continue, state parks officials said.

A pile of material has been located within the proposed site. The fenced-off area inside the fenced-off area has signs that read "caution - radioactive materials area." State officials have been asked to provide more information about the contaminated material but have yet to do so.

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The above photo was also taken June 16.


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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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