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June 8, 2014

Greenway funds could send chimney to spoils pile

Niagara Gazette — The Old Stone Chimney continues to inch closer to finding a permanent home on the banks of the Niagara River.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Monday on an application to the Niagara River Greenway Commission for a $200,000 grant to advance a project that would see the 1750’s relic moved. The plan calls for the chimney to be relocated to the “spoils pile,” a plot of land just east of the Adams Slip where the power authority dock its ice breaking tug boat on the upper river.

A majority of council members say they plan to vote to move forward with the application. 

Council Chairman Charles Walker, who said he will vote in favor of the measure, has heard citizens and city officials many times talk about moving the chimney to a more suitable location in his 16 years on the dais.

“We need to do something to put an end to everything with the Old Stone Chimney,” he said.

The chimney has for years been held in obscurity with the southern section of the Robert Moses Parkway, a parking lot and a factory being built up around it.

Walker said the city needs to be sure that the new location will not again lend itself to blocking off access to the public in the future.

“I’m supportive of moving the chimney, but we should make sure this is the last time we have to do it,” Walker said.

The New York Power Authority, which owns the chimney, the land it sits on and the proposed relocation site, is in the process of conducting an engineering study to determine the cost of the relocation project and expects to have a report completed by mid June.

The greenway commission’s Host Community Standings Committee unanimously approved an application the city submitted for consistency review and approved the funding in anticipation of the council vote.

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