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TONAWANDAS CHAMBER UNVEILS PROJECT MODEL

The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas on Friday unveiled a scale model of its updated $10 million Gateway Point redevelopment project.

David Burgio, director of the Chamber's Economic Development Committee; Kurt Alverson, executive director of the Chamber, and Chamber architect Kenneth W. Pearl unveiled the model at the Chamber's office on Webster Street on Friday morning.

The scale model will be taken to several locations to be announced in the City of North Tonawanda, so that the public can see it and comment on the project.

A $75,000 state and city feasibility study of the project's components is under way, Burgio and Alverson said.

The Chamber is acquiring private property in the city's Weatherbest Slip waterfront area along River Road and applying to the state for location of a New York Erie Canal information center on the site, along with a two-story 10,000-square-foot Erie Canal Museum, a Tonawandas Historical Society boat museum, and a 10,000-square-foot building for retail outlets.

Burgio said the project is intended to provide the public access "to its own Niagara River waterfront," as well as being a tourist attraction.

Other features of Gateway Point will include a waterfront walkway, a miniature steam railway, and "children's toy harbor" for sailing model boats, and docking facilities.

The Chamber will prepare a schedule for the model tour soon. Information will be available at the Chamber office, 692-5120.

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