Aurora property to become scenic overlook

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM EDT

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Aurora property to become scenic overlook

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM EDT

A local group has secured the necessary funds to purchase a 60-acre site in southern Erie County that will conserve and transform the site into the Mill Road Scenic Overlook.

The deal was completed by The Friends of Mill Road, in partnership with the Western New York Land Conservancy and the Town of Aurora, which raised more than $650,000 over the past few years. Contributors include a $50,000 anonymous donation, $50,000 from Gerhard and Ellen Neumaier, and $200,000 from Scott Bieler and Kathy Lasher. The John R. Oishei Foundation made a $75,000 donation and The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo chipped in $20,000. The project also received in-kind donations from William Schutt & Associates, LaBella Associates PC, Earth Dimensions Inc., and C&S Engineers Inc.

"We are so grateful to the property owners, the Closses and the Sievenpipers, for allowing us to make the Mill Road Scenic Overlook a regional asset, and are thankful to all of the supporters from the community that made this possible. Preserving open spaces like this one contributes to our community's high quality of life, environmental health, and local economy. The Land Conservancy will continue to support efforts like this in Aurora and throughout the region," said Nancy Smith, Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy and Co-Chair of the Friends of Mill Road.

The group said that when the weather warms, a scenic overlook will be constructed, providing a safe pull-off for passing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the views at this property.

The Western New York Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust that protects over 5,500 acres of land across the eight counties of Western New York.

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