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Addition set this year for family agency

Construction of a 4,000-square-foot addition to the headquarters of Family & Children's Service of Niagara at 1522 Main St. is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

The organization, which moved into its present headquarters in April 2010, bought two adjoining lots and tore down the dilapidated storefronts that had occupied them. The addition will be located on the lots and will house "new and expanded services for the community, and a future of hope and opportunity," said Kenneth A. Sass, president and chief executive officer of the charitable organization.

The agency wants to expand services to 2,800 low-income families facing challenges such as mental illness, domestic violence, child abuse and homelessness by making space available in its new addition to other nonprofit organizations that will become partners in providing those services.

With plans to consolidate services under one roof, Family & Children's Service is calling its new facilities a "family center."

Much of the funding came from local donations, the City of Niagara Falls, several state representatives and major grants from such organizations as the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Mich., John R. Oishei Foundation in Buffalo, Grigg-Lewis Foundation, Patrick P. Lee Foundation, Maid of the Mist Corp., Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, James H. Cummings Foundation, Key Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Bank of America Foundation and the Gannett Foundation.

Zaxis Architectural PC designed the addition, and LP Ciminelli LLC is the construction manager.

The headquarters at Main and Linwood Avenue was completed with the renovation of a former furniture store at a cost of more than $2.2 million. The addition now under construction will bring the total cost to about $3.3 million. Sass said the $3.3 million fundraising goal had been surpassed with the foundation grants and community support.

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