TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking this morning at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station for a $9.8 million activities center and dining hall facility.
The new 19,870-square-foot facility will be able to serve 500 diners at one time, and will serve both the units at the base -- the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 914th Airlift Wing.
The joint use will be a first of its kind in the Air Force, said Robert T. Williams, chief of services for the 914th.
It will replace the existing dining facility, located adjacent to the site of the new building, which will be torn down.
The Falcon Club, an all-ranks restaurant and bar on the base, will also be moved to the new center. The old club building will be used for meetings, said Sgt. Peter Borys, public affairs officer with the 914th.
Scrufari Construction of Niagara Falls is the contractor for the project, while Beardsley Design Associates of Syracuse has designed the project.
Construction is expected to begin in the coming days and be completed by August of next year.
2:33 p.m.: Here's a recent story by Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski and Staff Reporter Jackie Smith looking at what the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has been doing since it nearly closed five years ago.