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December 10, 2012

Recreation, senior center proposed

Niagara Gazette — TOWN OF LEWISTON - Plans for a proposed recreation and senior center are moving forward.

Town officials presented their plan for the 140,000 square-foot, multi-use facility on Monday and declared an intention to have it located on 10 acres of land in front of Lewiston-Porter High School.

"The way we envision this is the school sells the property to the town, the town builds the facility and the town then controls its use," Supervisor Steve Reiter said Monday. "Another benefit is the police station is right there. And it's really a community center. I think we probably should be calling it that."

To provide information about the project, a website has been established detailing the building specifications, along with frequently asked questions and official contacts. It's available at www.lewistonrsc.org.

Reiter and a committee formed to oversee the planning of the recreation and senior center previously presented plans for the building to the School Board in October.

Since then, the school board officially set a price of $5,000 per acre for land in front of the high school, at the corner of Creek Road and Daryl Johnston Way. The board also agreed to create a letter of intent to negotiate with the town in order to ensure the land purchase leads to the construction of the planned recreation center.

The school board also would like to ensure, as part of the deal to buy the land, the district's students receive preferential use.

According to district Superintendent Christopher Roser, the board's executive committee successfully crafted the letter of intent, which it will present to the entire board at its next meeting on Dec. 18.

"We want to work with the town," Roser said. "Our subcommittee has drawn up a list of what we want to see, which we will present to the town as part of our negotiations.

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