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Lockport airs plans for Canal St.

The city's downtown promotion agency plans to provide entertainment and street vendors on Canal Street this summer.

Lockport Main Street Inc. has been given control of the pedestrian portion of Canal Street from June 1 to Sept. 1, after a vote by the Common Council last week.

Heather Peck, the agency's director, said she hopes for music performances at the gazebo on Canal Street seven days a week.

"We're going to try," she said. "We're looking for paid acts and volunteer acts."

Prospective performers are asked to call the Lockport Main Street office at 434-0212.

In addition to the music, street vendors are being sought to work the crowds daily.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker said he envisions a rotation plan for the hot dog carts that work downtown around lunch time.

Peck said Niagara County Produce is expected to operate a stand on the street.

Other pushcarts are expected to offer souvenirs and Lockport information for tourists.

"They're really looking for more information about where to eat downtown, where to shop downtown," Peck said.

The renovated but vacant commercial buildings on the street, especially 79 Canal at the east end of the block, will be available for storage of vending equipment and supplies, the Council decided.

Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said there is a cancellation clause with 30 days' notice, in case inLighten, the Depew digital screen maker that has been negotiating with the city to buy the buildings, pulls the trigger on that deal.

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