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Power City Eatery makes plans to expand

NIAGARA FALLS – Power City Eatery, a new deli and coffee house, plans to expand, creating a patio adjacent to the site at 444 Third St.

The deli, which opened at the beginning of August, is a tenant of Cataract Real Estate. On Monday the Niagara Falls Development Corporation (NFC) approved a $10,000 downtown tourism assistance grant for Cataract to aid in the $64,720 demolition and asbestos abatement of the adjacent house at 440 Third St., which was called uninhabitable by NFC Director Anthony Vilardo.

Michael Lewis, who owns Cataract Real Estate and is also one of the owners of the Power City Eatery, told the NFC that the patio will clear some of the “significant blight in the emerging entertainment district on Third Street.”

A rear house on the property at 440 Third St. will be renovated as a two-bedroom, one bath rental unit.

The Power City Eatery site was a former Niagara County Parole Office. The total cost to acquire and renovate both properties is over $500,000, according to an expense summary submitted to the NFC.

The Power City Eatery project previously received $100,000 in assistance from USA Niagara, a $10,000 micro-grant from the NFC and a federal facade program grant of $30,000.

Work on the new patio is expected to begin next week and will include a wall, fencing and natural gas fire pits.

In other business:

• The NFC established an industrial growth program which will provide up to $200,000 in matching grant money for small industrial projects, such as warehouses, small processing or small assembly plants, and other small industrial businesses located in industrial zoning districts in the city.

The grant will provide $10,000 in funds per job retained or created, which must be matched by the grant applicant. Existing companies in good standing or start-ups are eligible. Nonprofit, governmental, and residential projects are not eligible.

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