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A vacant lot at 360 Zimmerman St. was donated to the city Tuesday night by Christine Reichmuth and her three sisters.

The parcel measures 62 by 261 feet, said Assistant City Attorney Robert Sondel, who was authorized by the Common Council to execute the transfer of title.

Reichmuth and her sisters inherited the property from their mother but have been unable to sell it, Sondel said.

Rather than continuing to pay taxes on the lot, the sisters decided to donate it to the city.

Council members said the lot is suitable for building a house, thereby returning it to the tax rolls.

In another real estate matter, the Common Council gave the city-subsidized Ghostlight Community Theatre permission to use the former Friedens Church of Christ at Schenck and Vandervoort streets for its 2001 theater productions.

The theater is in its last year of support from the city and plans to become self-sustaining at the end of the year.

The Friedens congregation was getting smaller, so it decided to donate the church building to the Ghostlight Theatre. The congregation has moved to another church. Ghostlight Theatre operates through the city Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation.

In another matter, the Council granted the United Way of the Tonawandas and the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association permission to use the city's Grat-wick Riverside Park as the base for inboard hydroplane boat racing on the weekend of June 23-24.

George O'Neil, executive director of Hydromania 2001, told the Council, "We were rated by the American Power Boat Association and the Canadian Boating Federation, Nautique du Canada, as one of the five best speedboat races held last year."

About 30,000 spectators watched the races from the shores of the Niagara River in the City of Tonawanda last year.

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