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The Darwin Martin House and a lakeside recreational pathway in the Town of Evans are among 16 projects in Erie and Niagara counties that will be funded with nearly $1.4 million in state Environmental Protection Fund grants.

A $240,000 grant will be used to rebuild the carriage house that once stood at the Martin House, located in North Buffalo near Delaware Park.

Built in 1907, the carriage house was demolished in the 1960s to make way for an apartment building, which in turn is now being razed. The complex, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is undergoing a comprehensive restoration.

A $250,000 grant will be used to construct a recreational pathway along the Seaway Trail between Evans Town Park and Lake Erie Beach State Park. That pathway will connect with one that goes from the town park to Wendt Beach.

Other local projects to receive funding include:

Construction of a 6,000-foot-long nature trail in the Town of Cambria. The state grant totals $150,000.

Renovation of the electrical system and other improvements to the marina at Olcott Harbor in the Town of Newfane ($150,000).

Replacement of the roof and repointing the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building ($85,510).

Restoration of the First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo ($75,000).

Restoration of the Carnegie Arts Center that serves the Tonawandas ($71,060).

Installation of period lighting and signs along Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda ($70,000).

Rehabilitation of Galanti Park in Lackawanna, including the replacement of substandard playground equipment ($53,991).

Expansion of Fireman's Park in Blasdell by four acres and adding, among other things, a recreation trail, basketball court, playground equipment and a dozen picnic tables ($50,000).

Repairs to the historic Jolls House in Orchard Park ($45,835).

Improvement in signs and other work in Lockport to promote downtown and canal revitalization ($35,000).

Construction of a handicapped-accessible fishing pier, access ramp and sidewalk along Ellicott Creek in the City of Tonawanda ($30,000).

Repointing the stone foundation and brick walls of Williamsville Christian Church, also known as Williamsville Meeting House & Museum (28,746).

Replacement of the lining of the Clarence Town Pool ($27,974).

Restoration of stained glass windows at St. John's Episcopal Church in Youngstown ($16,500).


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