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>IDA approves bonding for Center Court project

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday approved $15 million in tax-exempt bonding authority for the first phase of the reconstruction of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Center Court housing project.

The four-year project is to replace the current complex with 282 new housing units, 240 for rent and 42 for purchase.
Ground was broken last week for the $72 million project, to be carried out by Norstar Development USA. Besides the bond issue, a $20 million federal grant is helping to fund the work.
The IDA board also received a draft 2008 budget, which called for spending $776,514, an increase of $42,000, while estimating income of $1.06 million. The agency is making three times as much in fees on projects as it estimated this year and showed a 10-month operating profit of $348,805, Treasurer Steven H. Brown reported Wednesday.


>Dinner theater to benefit Community Missions

WHEATFIELD -- A holiday dinner theater show at the Summit Gallery Theater in The Summit mall will benefit the soup kitchen, food pantry and crisis housing services of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier.

The show, "It Sounds Like Christmas," opened Wednesday and will run until Dec. 9. It will feature Rich Blend, a local singing group, and include Christmas classics and holiday songs and dancing.

Lunch or dinner theater tickets cost $28 for adults, $26 for seniors or $16 for children ages 12 and under. Show-only tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children. For show times or to order tickets, call (866) 528-4388 or visit


>Santa looking to visit Carrousel Factory Museum

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Santa Claus will visit the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday.

A marionette performance is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hot cocoa, candy canes and crafts will be available.

Regular museum admission charges ranging from $2.50 to $5 apply. For more information, call 693-1885.


>New bed-and-breakfast on Planning Board agenda

NIAGARA FALLS -- Proposals for a new bed-and-breakfast, a visitors center and a Third Street restaurant will go before the Planning Board at its next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall.

Robert and Marilyn Shivery have submitted plans to renovate a house at 724 Buffalo Ave. into a four-room bed-and-breakfast. According to a site plan application, the Shiverys plan to spend $60,000 on the six-month project.

A Florida man has submitted a site plan to turn a vacant, two-story retail building at 511 Third St. into a restaurant, bar and karaoke lounge named Imagine. Michael Lau, of Lutz, Fla., has proposed the project, estimated to cost $500,000, according to the site plan application. The building is owned by Tan Wei Wan of New York City, according to city records.

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