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THREE PROJECTS TAGGED FOR GRANT CONSIDERATION

The Akron Village Board on Monday night designated three projects for consideration for next year's federal community development block grants.

By a unanimous vote, board members granted first priority to applying and securing funds to continue with a water line and sidewalk replacement project on Washington Street, from East Avenue to Main Street. Village officials also agreed as a secondary priority to seek federal funds to complete a sidewalk rehabilitation project. The board designated as a third priority the rural transportation service for elderly and disabled people and low-income families, which has been a joint project with the towns of Newstead and Clarence.

U.S. FUNDS AUTHORIZED FOR SIX HOMES ON SITE

Development of the former Randolph Hall on Randolph Street in Cheektowaga took another step forward Monday night when the Town Board authorized federal funds be provided for the construction of six homes.

The nonprofit New Opportunities Community Housing Development Corp., a subsidiary of Belmont Shelter Corp., will develop the site for $31,070. Up to $739,870 is to be used for the construction of six new homes. Funding will come from the federal HOME Investment Partnership program.

The houses will have 1,400 square feet to 1,500 square feet, two stories, three bedrooms and porches.

Rescue Hose Company No. 1 sold the former banquet hall and adjoining parking lot to the Cheektowaga Economic Development Corp. for $100,000. It was then turned over to the town.

COUNTIES TO SHARE FUNDS TO COMBAT VIOLENCE

Several Western New York agencies and organizations with programs to combat violence against women will share in more than $5.5 million in grants announced Monday by Gov. George E. Pataki.

The grants come from the federal STOP Violence Against Women Act. Of the $568,710 destined for Western New York, the money will be allocated as follows: Allegany County, $48,000; Cattaraugus County, $60,660; Chautauqua County, $86,800; Erie County, $180,000; Genesee County, $38,400; Niagara County, $123,650; and Wyoming County, $31,200.

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