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Panel OKs Spaulding Fibre rehab

The abandoned Spaudling Fibre site in the City of Tonawanda would be made ready for redevelopment under a $1.17 million appropriation approved Wednesday by a Senate-House conference.

The remediation project calls for demolishing buildings, containing one million square feet of space on a 47-acre tract that was abandoned 15 years ago.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who announced the appropriation, said, "Besides protecting against environmental risks, the demolition will create ample space for new economic development."

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., announced the Senate-House conference report on transportation, housing and related agencies also provides $200,000 for an Urban Arts Center in Buffalo.

Located in the Michigan Avenue cultural corridor, the center will house the African American Cultural Center, the Langston Hughes Institute, Ujima Theater Company and Buffalo Inner City Ballet.

The bill must pass the Senate and House and be signed by President Bush before any federal funds are released.

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