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OLD FALLS SCHOOL GETS NEW LIFE AS APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR NEEDY

The old Ferry Avenue Elementary School will become home to 39 low- and moderate-income tenants next month.

More than 100 people toured the $2.7 million project, to be known as the Joseph S. Presti Sr. Apartments and Community Center, after Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Service.

It was named for a deceased neighborhood resident who had been involved in many area projects and community matters. Its tenants will include senior citizens and handicapped people who are wheelchair-bound.

The 88-year-old brick structure at 1605 Ferry Ave. was closed as a school in 1980.

The 1 1/2 -acre Theodore J. Shemik Park behind the refurbished building also was dedicated. The park, with a gazebo and bocce courts, is named for a former Neighborhood Housing Service volunteer.

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