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Where we live: City of Tonawanda

City of Tonawanda

The city has received a $187,225 grant from the New York Department of State to establish a program to revitalize its Central Business District, Mayor Rick Davis announced.

A city planner will be hired to direct the program and work with the Western Erie Canal Alliance to spur economic development in the downtown core area of Main, Young, Niagara, Adam, Broad and Seymour streets, Davis said.

“Through this grant and the Downtown Beautification and Revitalization Committee I established earlier this year, the next few years will be a very exciting time for growth in our downtown,” Davis said in a statement.

The program manager will focus on establishing a board of directors, assisting businesses to secure funds to help with any upgrades to their business, marketing downtown to prospective businesses and designing and implementing attractive streetscapes, he said.

This week:

• The Renaissance Bridge to North Tonawanda will be closed Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to midnight for the New Year’s fireworks and ball drop, city police announced. Young Street, between Main and Delaware Streets, will also be closed Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. until after midnight.