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Tonawanda Tomorrow presents a draft plan for the future

The closing of NRG Energy's Huntley Power Plant last year became the catalyst for Tonawanda Tomorrow, a coalition effort to plan for the town's future and encourage a growing economy.

The group will present to the public its draft plan for the town's future at 6:30 p.m. May 17 in the Phillip Sheridan Building Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave. It's the culmination of nine months of effort and input from nearly 1,000 Tonawanda residents, business owners and community stakeholders.

There are no specific proposals for the Huntley site in the draft plan, but there are suggestions to set up a business incubator, create co-working spaces in underutilized Tonawanda facilities, and create a waterfront park.

Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger said Huntley remains private property and a lot of it is out of town officials' control.

"Tonawanda Tomorrow is not just about Huntley," he said. "There are a lot of good things that are going on (in the River Road corridor) and we want to make it attractive to developers."

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