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City of Tonawanda keeps Young Street closed, temporarily

The City of Tonawanda Common Council voted in favor of keeping Young Street closed for another three months, between Delaware and Main Street, but will continue to study whether to keep the closure permanent.

The street has been closed since December.

At Tuesday's Council meeting, Brenda Doll, of the City of Tonawanda, presented 200 signatures from people against permanently closing the street.

"The new Hub is shaped like a wheel and if you look at Google Earth at all the streets and bridges coming into the city, including Young Street, it looks like a Hub. If you get rid of that portion of Young Street the wheel is not going to turn," Doll said.

She said in the petition that traffic and buses are diverted to other areas of the city, which makes traffic heavier and streets more difficult to cross. The street in front of the Hub is being used for a number of special and weekly events including the Sunday Farmer's Market and Food Truck Thursdays. Access to the Hub and food trucks are also more difficult, according to the petition.

"I think it is imperative that we keep that street closed," Mayor Rick Davis said.

The Council gave the mayor approval to apply for a downtown revitalization grant of up to $10 million that would further enhance Young Street and the surrounding area.

Davis suggested the city hire a lobbyist and a videographer to make its application more competitive.

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