Lock­port de­vel­op­ment agency buys for­mer bowl­ing al­ley

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Thomas J. Pro­haska – Aaron Besecker

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.

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