Niagara Gazette — Dyster said the power authority’s ownership of the land the chimney is on, the chimney itself and the land for the proposed relocation site can streamline the process of moving the chimney and prevent any issues with ownership that might further delay the project.
“I think it’s significant that they’re taking ownership, in effect, at least for this part of the project,” Dyster said.
Local history buffs — in particular former teacher and local historian Paul Gromosiak — have long bemoaned the chimney’s uninviting location. More recently the Niagara Portage Old Guard, a civic group that promotes Portage era history as both a cultural asset and economic development tool, has been campaigning to raise awareness of the chimney and its imminent move as the result of parkway project.
Dyster said NYPA is stepping up to the plate to make the chimney relocation happen, but it will be up to other groups interested in promoting Niagara Falls history to take advantage of the new location in using the chimney to promote tourism and interest in the region.
“That gets you to the point where you’d have a broad coalition of groups that could pick the ball up and take it from there,” Dyster said.Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257