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As concrete panels fall, Niagara acts fast on repairs to town garage

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Town officials are poised to move fast on some emergency repairs at the town garage.

The councilmen were asked Wednesday to approve up to $120,000 to pay for the repair of walls that were recently discovered to be falling apart in some spots.

During a roof replacement inspection of the garage buildings, concrete panels came loose from support beams, and bricks from above a door fell.

One of the problems is that thermal expansion is moving the beams in the building, leading bricks to fall out, according to the council discussion. The council determined that the panels must be pinned back onto the walls and the bricks replaced.

Town of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace said the board has no choice but to do the repairs as soon as possible.

The board is expected to approve the expenditure Tuesday, and then bids for the work will be solicited.

The project is expected to cost between $80,000 and $90,000.

Wallace explained that the inspections for the roof work began when the building suffered severe leaks last fall. The roof had been let go “for quite a while,” he said.

The roof project, estimated at about $500,000, will go out to bid in August, he said.

In another matter, the board will schedule a public hearing for July 19 to discuss rezoning the property where the former Walmart and Sam’s Club buildings are located to allow for a warehouse.

The parcel at 5555 Porter Road is now zoned for general business, but needs to be changed to light industrial to make way for the plans.

Wallace said the prospective buyers of the property, who were not named, will not complete the purchase if the zoning application is not approved.

According to the development proposal, the two buildings would be connected by a third structure to provide a massive facility for a warehouse and light distribution.

Wallace described the type of business as “tailor-made for that location.”

The buildings were left vacant when Walmart and Sam’s Club moved to Military Road a number of years ago.

The Walmart building was taken over for a period by Park’s Furniture, a Canadian company. That company moved out last year.