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PLANNING BOARD, COUNCIL OK PLANS FOR NEW SCHOOL

The Niagara Falls School Board's plans to build a new Niagara Street Elementary School have made it through the Niagara Falls Planning Board and the City Council.

The Council on Monday approved abandoning a portion of 25th Street, between Niagara Street and Welch Avenue, as well as a portion of an alley between Niagara Street and Welch Avenue, west of 27th Street, for the project.

Angelo Massaro, attorney for the school district, said the abandoned portion of 25th Street would be closed to through traffic and used for parking and other recreational activities.

The abandonment of the alley will not interfere with residents who use it to access their garages, said City Attorney Thomas M. O'Donnell.

The two items also made it through the Planning Board last Wednesday, along with site approval.

A voter referendum May 17 is the last hurdle for the School Board before construction can begin on the $15 million building in July.

Voters will be asked to allow the School Board to buy a half-acre of land on 25th Street from St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church on 25th Street. The parcel is adjacent to the abandoned portion of that street, which is also needed for the planned expansion of the school facilities.