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Niagara University to help plan Niagara Falls housing upgrades

Niagara University announced Thursday that it will work with developers on a plan to renovate abandoned houses in an area bounded by Pine Avenue and Fourth, Eighth and Niagara streets.

Patricia Wrobel, executive director of the university's Rev. Joseph L. Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement, said she plans a January "summit" with developers to make plans to upgrade old homes and build new ones.

Good housing near Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center would be a boon to its growing staff of young professionals, said hospital President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo.

There are 158 parcels in the target zone, 103 of them city-owned vacant lots or abandoned buildings, Wrobel said.

Niagara University students will clean up the area and help residents make repairs next spring.

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