Debate Over Civic Center

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM EDT

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July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM EDT


Lewiston, N.Y. (WKBW) - Voters in Lewiston will decide the future of a proposed multimillion-dollar indoor athletic and civic center, Monday.

The plan calls for building a huge civic center in front of Lewiston-Porter High School. The cost is around eight million dollars and the building will cover 140,000 square feet. The town said it would fund the pricey project by using yearly payments it receives from the Niagara River Greenway Revitalization Project.

It will have enclosed athletic fields and basketball courts. It would be a center the entire community can enjoy. Still, many residents are concerned. They worry that it will become a tax burden and end up raising property taxes in the future to pay for maintenance and upkeep.

Monday's vote will help decide whether this project will move forward. Leaders in the community want residents approval before they move forward with such and aggressive project.

Polls are open until 9 a.m. at the Lewiston Town Hall on Ridge Road.