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Fate of Lockport building tied to state grant request

After four failed attempts since 2007 to sell a Niagara County-owned building in Lockport, the Town of Lockport has asked for a state grant to pay 90 percent of the estimated $980,000 cost of remediating the structure.

"There's a big asbestos and mold problem in the Switzer Building that has to be cleaned up, or else it needs to be demolished," Town Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said Monday.

The county would pay the remaining 10 percent.

A cleanup would make the Davison Road site more salable, County Manager Richard E. Updegrove said.

Built in 1915 as the county infirmary, it's been vacant since the Social Services Department moved in 2003.

The city-town boundary runs through the building, further complicating reuse hopes, but Crocker said that can be ironed out later.

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