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October 28, 2013

City plan calls for selling four Seventh Street properties to housing nonprofit

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Niagara Gazette — The project still depends on a Dec. 4 referendum vote that would allow the school district to sell the buildings to Housing Visions.

Should that vote fail the agency would then need to decide whether they would build apartments on the city land or revert the land to the city if the council approves the sale.

“Housing Visions would have to make a decision as to whether they would want to move forward with a much smaller project,” Piccirillo said.

A representative from the agency gave a presentation to city council at the Oct. 15 meeting and invited council members to contact him with any questions they might have.

Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said he planned on doing further research over the weekend before deciding whether he would vote to approve the measure.

“I might have some questions for Seth (Piccirillo) on Monday,” Choolokian said.

Choolokian said his main concern is making sure that property and business owners in the area are supportive of the project.

“I think there are some other groups that we need to get involved,” he said.

Dyster said the program’s success and popularity in Lockport will translate to the downtown neighborhood where Housing Visions plans to build.

“We think the more people learn about Housing Visions the more they’re not just going to be comfortable with the project, but excited about it,” he said. 

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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