Niagara Gazette

Local News

December 8, 2012

Memorial facility slated for former Evelyn Apartments now heading to Highland Avenue

Niagara Gazette —

A new state-of-the-art health center that was set to be built in the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's 10th Street corridor will now be going up in the city's North End.

Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., the not-for-profit that operates the Community Health Center of Niagara Falls out of the Hamilton B. Mizer Primary Care Center on 10th Street, revealed plans to build right next door to the Mizer building in early June. The organization planned to move out of the dated Mizer building and into the new facility upon completion. Those plans came shortly after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced in May that the not-for-profit would receive a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build the health center.

But Avery Bates, a spokesperson for the not-for-profit, presented plans to build the facility at 2715 Highland Ave. at a planning board meeting in early December. He said that the change in plans was the result of the not-for-profit's need to hit deadlines tied to the federal grant. The board passed a recommendation to the city council asking the city to sell the property to the not-for-profit so that they can move forward with the project and retain the grant.

"We were at risk of not receiving those funds," Bates said.

The not-for-profit had risked losing the grant earlier this year as well. The 10th Street site is home to the Evelyn Apartments, a 96-year-old building where former Niagara Gazette publisher Hamilton B. Mizer and Lily Rush, the first woman to earn a master's degree at Niagara University, once lived. 

The building was on the local registry for historic properties until June when the city council amended the city's historic preservation ordinance, allowing the council to strip historic sites of their local designation without the approval of the City of Niagara Falls Commission on Historic Preservation, the body with the authority to grant and rescind the local designation. That designation provides strong protections against demolition. The council amended the ordinance in an effort to expedite the land transfer from the hospital to the not-for-profit and meet the deadlines tied to the federal grant.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results