Niagara Gazette — Terry Collesano’s first term as mayor has been filled with excitement.
The long-time trustee took office in 2010 after receiving endorsements from both the Republicans and Democrats and immediately dealt with Artpark, parking issues brought on by numerous, expanding summer festivals and events, a decaying Frontier House and numerous business proposals for what is now a hectic Center Street.
It’s been an up-and-down four years, Collesano said, but he’s looking for four more.
“The majority of my time as mayor has been rewarding for me,” he said. “My main disappointment is the lack of movement on the Frontier House. It’s a big concern of the community and a concern of mine. It’s been four years ... and I’m becoming very discouraged myself.”
Once a stronghold in the 400 block of Center Street, where the wealthiest of visitors spent the night, the Frontier House has fallen on disrepair as its owners, the Hastings family, works to figure out what exactly should occupy the historical, stone building.
Collesano said he’s been negotiating with restaurateur Alan Hastings, the owner of The Silo Restaurant, over how to go about cleaning the building up and making it presentable to the people walking and driving past. Ideas proposed for inside the building also have the incumbent thinking big, but he’s also realized tapering those thoughts is the best way to go.
After all, it’s been a long time with nothing to show for it. But light could be coming at the end of the tunnel, he said, after a what he termed a “disappointing meeting” with the building’s owners late last month.
“Just when I thought things were moving forward, I had a disappointing meeting,” he said. “I made it clear to (the owners) I want a decision by the end of June.”