Lockport development agency buys former bowling alley
The Greater Lockport Development Corp., the city’s development agency, plans to renovate a vacant bowling alley and bar next to City Hall.
Brian M. Smith, city community development director, announced Thursday that the agency has bought the former Kendzie’s building, 13 W. Main St., from Sara and Thomas Milani of Lockport for $100,000.
The agency has obtained a $300,000 state grant to be spent on repairs. Smith said the city eventually will sell the building.
“We’re going to shore the building up. It’s got a lot of structural issues,” Smith said.
In 2000, the bar was renamed Chasers; it closed several years ago. The Milanis bought the property in 2005.
Mayor David R. Wohleben said John F. Kennedy spoke at Kendzie’s during a campaign visit to Lockport in 1960.
Gasport businessman buys Lockport’s old Tuscarora Club
Dominick Ciliberto, owner of All Metal Works in Gasport, has purchased the vacant former Tuscarora Club from the City of Lockport’s development agency for $230,000.
Ciliberto estimated Thursday he will have to invest $2.3 million to restore the 1911 building as a banquet facility and wedding venue on the first floor, with 12 to 14 boutique hotel rooms on the second and third floors. He said asbestos abatement and plenty of structural work is needed.
The Greater Lockport Development Corp. did some renovation, using a $500,000 state grant. It foreclosed on the Walnut Street edifice in 2014 after a restaurant there defaulted on a city loan.
Shuttle bus, joint programs part of NU-NCCC cooperation deal
The presidents of Niagara University and Niagara County Community College signed an agreement Thursday that pledges them to cooperate in academic and service areas.
The first tangible result is a shuttle bus that already connects the two campuses, stopping en route in downtown Niagara Falls and at stores in the Town of Niagara, including the Fashion Outlets mall.
The institutions agreed to work out academic cooperation between NCCC’s culinary arts program and the university’s hospitality and tourism management program.
The institutions also agreed to cooperate in instructing students for whom English is not a native language, and to work out plans to make housing available if there is an excess demand for rooms on the other campus.
Two people, one with a gun, rob Elmwood Avenue credit union
Two people, including a man with a gun, robbed the Buffalo Cooperative Federal Credit Union on Elmwood Avenue on Thursday afternoon, according to a Buffalo police report.
The robbery at 816 Elmwood, between Lafayette and Auburn avenues, happened at about 4:45 p.m.
The robber displayed what appeared to be a small handgun and demanded money from tellers. A woman appeared to be accompanying the robber and acting as a lookout, according to the report.
The lookout let a woman and child leave the credit union during the robbery, according to the report.
Both fled the scene through yards behind the credit union and got into a small vehicle parked behind the business on Ashland Avenue.