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City of Tonawanda seeks grant to transform Niagara Street

A complete transformation of Niagara Street -- from Niawanda Park to downtown shopping -- is just a dream for the City of Tonawanda. But, the Common Council voted Tuesday to seek a state consolidated funding grant of $75,000 which would be used towards a $150,000 feasibility study.

The 2.2-mile stretch of land is currently a two-lane highway, with seven traffic signals, which serves 11,000 cars each day.

The goal would be to look at different traffic options, increase the walkability of the corridor and study the addition of a boardwalk along the river, a street realignment and a landscaped, tree-lined boulevard.

Charlie Rech, administrative assistant to the mayor, pointed to the resurgence of the unrelated Niagara Street in Buffalo.

"We could do the same on a smaller scale," said Rech. "But if we want to do anything we are going to have to do (a feasibility study). This is the foundation."

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