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The City of North Tonawanda will bid for a piece of a $25 million state grant to install an elevator and equip lavatories to make the Col. Payne Community Center fully accessible to the handicapped.

The decision to apply for a state Division for Youth grant to pay for the community center project was made by the Common Council at a workshop session Tuesday evening. The Col. Payne center at 460 Wheatfield St. is the home of the city Department of Youth and Recreation.

Department Director John Silsby said cost of the remodeling project is estimated at $200,000.

Michele A. Tow, director of community development, cautioned that the $25 million in grant money covers the entire state and that competition among municipalities will be keen.

Mayor Elizabeth C. Hoffman said that even if the city received a smaller grant than needed, some improvements, such as wheelchair ramps, could be built.

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