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Plans were unveiled Wednesday afternoon for the renovation of the former St. Mary of Sorrows Church at 950 Genesee St. for the King Center School and Early Childhood Center.

The building will house four classrooms, space for community meetings and an after-school computer lab, along with support facilities. Construction will be finished by November and classes will begin in January. The King Center's early childhood demonstration school presently is housed in School 90.

Funding is being provided by a $500,000 bond from the City of Buffalo, a $50,000 city capital grant, grants from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation and the Josephine Goodyear Foundation plus support from other foundations, businesses and individuals. Design for the interior is by the firm of Hamilton, Houston and Lowney.

Taking part in Wednesday's ceremonies were Common Council President James W. Pitts, Ellicott District Council Member Barbara Miller-Williams and representatives from the mayor's office and the school superintendent's office.

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