NIAGARA FALLS – Voters have overwhelmingly approved four propositions that will allow the Niagara Falls School District to transfer ownership of unused properties, including the former South Junior High.
Final ballot totals from eight polling were incomplete late Wednesday, but district public relations director Judie Glaser said that preliminary counts showed a margin of nearly six to one in favor of the proposals.
“We’re very, very grateful for all the people coming out and voting,” she said. “These properties will be occupied and it will be good for the neighborhoods.”
As a result of the vote, the South Junior High building, at 561 Portage Road, will be sold for $66,000 to CB-Emmanuel Realty, a Queens-based developer, which will turn it into Niagara City Lofts, with apartments and commercial space.
Housing Visions Consultants of Syracuse now has approval to acquire the former Administration Building and grounds, 607 Walnut Ave., for $10,000, and the former Warehouse Building and grounds, 543 Sixth St., for $10,000. Plans call for both to be converted into affordable housing.
Several other small plots of land on Jerauld Avenue and North Avenue will be transferred to the City of Niagara Falls for $1. A small piece of the former sports field of the Harry F. Abate Elementary School on Portage Road also will be given to the city for $1.