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Assessor will weigh city's future at City of Tonawanda Common Council meeting

City of Tonawanda Common Council members expect to hear about the city's planned reassessment of properties, a proposed tax break for an apartment complex and plans to close part of Young Street to vehicle traffic during a meeting tonight.

City Assessor Judy Trafelski will update the Council on plans for a citywide reassessment. Mayor Rick Davis said the city has been regularly updating its assessments every five years. Approximately 6,000 properties will be reviewed in the reassessment, which is expected to be completed by June 2018.

Trafelski also will discuss a payment-in-lieu of taxes proposal for the Highland School Apartments. The former school site has been renovated by People Inc. and will soon open as an "integrated" housing project for both disabled and low-income tenants.

The new Highland School Apartments will have 35 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Fifteen units are designated for individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. The other apartments are available to income-eligible tenants.

Also on Tuesday's agenda will be a look at the city's plan to improve its waterfront with more docks, more green space and greater access to the waterfront. As part of the plan, there is a proposal to close Young Street, between Delaware and Main Street, to increase green space.

The Common Council holds its informal session at 6 p.m., which will be followed by its regular meeting at 7 in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.

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