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Niagara seeks grant to install sidewalks near NFTA bus terminal

By Thad Komorowski

News Niagara Correspondent 

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The town has applied for $670,933 in state funding to install sidewalks along Fourth Avenue, which is used by pedestrians to reach the bus terminal on Military Road.

The Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to request the funds from the state Department of Transportation to put in about 1 mile of sidewalks between Military and Porter roads. To secure the application, the town had to guarantee a matching fund of 20 percent, or $120,000.

Supervisor Lee Wallace described the road as “extremely dark” and noted a pedestrian fatality occurred there in recent years.

Jessica McDivitt, 26, of Niagara, died Jan. 2, 2015, days after she was hit by a pickup truck as she walked home from work on Fourth Avenue, between Military and Porter roads.

“People who go from the apartments to the bus depot have nowhere to walk,” he said.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates a transportation center on Military Road.

In other business, the board:

• Agreed to a contract with LaBella Associates to provide planning, design and engineering services for the proposed First Response and Preparedness Center at the Army Reserve Base property. Through a state grant of approximately $1.7 million, the center is being planned for the former Army base. Wallace said he did not know the exact amount of cost for the contract.

• Formally named the pocket park at Colonial Drive and Garlow Road the “Gary Guiliani Park,” in honor of the late former recreation director and police chief who served the town for many years. About two dozen of his family members showed up for the dedication.

• Agreed to support a proposal to build a convention center in Niagara Falls at the site of the Niagara Falls Human Resources building at 10th and Falls streets. Councilman Richard Sirianni said the Niagara County Events Center plans have won the support of a number of municipalities and organizations, including the Seneca Niagara Casino which is said to have guaranteed bookings for the site for at least one-third of the year.

• Announced that the Town of Niagara “Electric Light Parade” would begin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 on Military Road.

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