Niagara Gazette — Connie Cullen, a NYPA spokesperson, declined to say whether the authority had identified funding for the relocation, but said the authority is happy to see the project advancing in an email response to a Gazette reporter.
“It is too early in the process to discuss funding as the initial engineering and cost estimate study is just now getting under way,” Cullen said. “We look forward to continue to work with the community on a solution to safeguard the Old Stone Chimney for many years to come.”
The authority expects the consultant’s evaluation to be complete by the middle of June, according to the letter.
Dyster, who has long been an advocate for moving the chimney from its current location, said determining the cost and scope of the chimney reconstruction is the logical next step in moving the chimney to a permanent spot.
The city previously identified a spot just east of the Adams Slip — the boat slip where NYPA docks its ice breaking boat — between the parkway and the river as an appropriate spot for the chimney and recently resubmitted applications to the power authority and the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to use the land for that purpose.
Dyster said the city is welcoming the work set to be performed by the power authority as a sign that they are serious about getting the relocation project done.
“The city is willing to facilitate this in any way that we can,” he said.
As the owner of the chimney, the land it rests on and the proposed relocation site the power authority will fund the engineering report which will create estimates for the cost of dismantlement, the transportation to the proposed relocation site, site preparation and construction of a new foundation, reconstruction and provisions for a small parking area and turning lane leading to the chimney, according to the letter.