Niagara Gazette — The Gazette in an Aug. 9 article by Timothy Chipp tells us that “Treasure Knit ceased operations in 1984, abandoning the building which quickly fell victim to vandalism.” The city took it over through tax foreclosure. State officials tried to turn its fortune around in 2009 and approved roughly $6.3 million from a state grant program as part of a proposal to turn it and the old Hyde Park Boulevard public safety complex into senior citizen housing and assisted living facilities. Control reverted back to the city when the company behind the renovations never completed the project.
The city decided to pursue remediation and removal and say the site is being cleaned up for future development. Apparently the county is footing the bill for the demolition and removal expected to cost between $200,000 and $450,000 depending on the amount of cleanup needed at the site according to Interim Code Enforcement Director Dennis Virtuoso. C’est la vie.
Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.