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LOCKPORT EYES GRANT FOR YOUTH BUREAU; UDC FUNDS WOULD BE USED FOR NEW QUARTERS

The city will likely apply for a $828,000 state grant to build a new home for the Youth Bureau.

Paul G. Foster, director of youth and recreation, said the grant from the state Urban Development Corp. would be used to replace inadequate facilities in a former private home at 344 Walnut St.

The Council is expected to approve the grant application at its regular meeting next Wednesday.

If the application is approved by the state, Foster said, the new facility would be built "entirely with state grant funds, requiring no city money."

The grant application deadline is Dec. 31, he said, noting that the UDC had an estimated $25 million available for such construction projects statewide.

The suggested site for the new center is a triangular tract on Ontario Street adjacent to the Lockport Senior Citizens Center.

The city would pay maintenance costs for the 30-year period the UDC owns the proposed one-story, 8,500-square-foot-building, then take title.

Because of the proximity to the Senior Citizens Center, Foster said, the new facility could be used for a number of "intergenerational" activities, including youth services, workshops and seminars.

The grant application was supported by Mayor Thomas C. Rotondo Jr., who urged locating any new bureau "near the Senior Citizens Center."

Alderman Edward W. Tracy, D-5th Ward, the chairman of the Finance Committee, said building a center with state money was "a very practical approach" to fill a "very realistic" need.

City Engineer Allan R. Rutter estimated that construction could start in April 1991 and be completed next fall.

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