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The Richmond Avenue revitalization project can create a tourist and economic destination in downtown Lockport, according to an attorney hired by the city to research the project.

Daniel Spitzer discussed the project during the presentation of a summary of an archaeological survey that found nothing to prevent the city from proceeding with the federally funded project.

"The goal of the Richmond Avenue project -- and the Canal Corridor -- is to link the Erie Canal and the other historic buildings in the area with the rest of the city center, and create a tourist destination, an economic destination, a useful development for the community."

Warren Barbour, president of the Dean & Barbour Associates which completed a $15,000 contract to investigate the block along the Erie Canal, found nothing of historic preservation interest in the remains of seven buildings from the 1800s.

Mayor Kenneth D. Swan said the federal government is providing more than $1 million to help renovate the area. The plan is to acquire and tear down most of the block, which includes some former industrial sites, with an eye toward some a canal-related tourist attraction.

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