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Projects will serve youth, public works

Ground was broken Friday on two major town construction projects that are expected to cost nearly $2.5 million.

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler and others sunk ceremonial gold shovels into the ground next to the community center at 2800 Church Road to mark the beginning of work on the youth center.

The 23,310-square-foot center would be designed to house all activities now offered at a leased site on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

The facility will include two gymnasiums with bleachers for indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball and baseball. The youth center, to cost $1.29 million, will be connected to the community center.

Both projects are financed through bonds, and the payments would be less than the town currently pays for the leased site.

Officials first met at the Water Department at 3113 Niagara Falls Blvd. to put shovels into the ground for the new building, which will house the combined water and sewer departments.

The facility will include a 12,160-square-foot garage to consolidate equipment storage for water and sewer.

The water and sewer building is expected to be completed by June, and the youth center should be ready in August, officials said.

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