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Oishei Foundation gives $225,000 to Lockport YMCA

LOCKPORT – The John R. Oishei Foundation announced Friday that it has awarded a $225,000 grant to the Lockport Family YMCA toward its planned new building.

The Lockport YMCA has been trying to raise $10 million for the project, planned to be built on Snyder Drive in the Town of Lockport. The Oishei grant brings the fund drive to 99 percent of its goal.

The project was first announced in 2006, although Mark W. Albiez, executive director of the Lockport YMCA, said in July that its board concluded as far back as 1993 that a new facility was needed.

The Lockport YMCA and the Town of Lockport have applied jointly for a $500,000 state grant that would be used to pay for parking lot paving, grading, drainage improvements and utility connections at the 12-acre site. The town is expected to have preferential scheduling at the new YMCA for its recreation programs.

The new 52,000-square-foot building is to replace a 90-year-old structure on East Avenue in the City of Lockport. The Lockport Family YMCA will be merging with YMCA Buffalo Niagara in 2017, after the fund drive is completed. The target date for completion of the new facility is Oct. 1, 2018.

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