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Summit receives low-cost power allocation for sports dome

The Summit, a largely vacant shopping mall on Williams Road in Wheatfield, is receiving a three-year allocation of low-cost electricity from Niagara County for use in an inflatable sports dome to be built behind the mall this year.

The 96,000-square-foot dome will house several athletic fields and courts. According to Summit Outlets' application for 184 kilowatts from the Empower Niagara agency, 31 jobs are to be created at the dome, which received a tax break last month from the county Industrial Development Agency.

Samuel M. Ferraro, the county's economic development commissioner, said Tuesday that construction on the dome is slated to begin next month, with completion in October. A second dome is to be erected in 2018.

Summit also is planning to build a microbrewery and brew pub at the mall, a project for which a $750,000 state grant has been approved, Wheatfield Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said.

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