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Major improvements coming to Erie Canal area, iconic buildings in Lockport

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 12:15:56-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — The City of Lockport has been awarded $10 million to help improve and rehabilitate the Erie Canal area and iconic buildings.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Friday. Officials will invest the money in improving the F&M Building, Cornerstone CFCU Arena, and Harrison place, as well as small businesses and services supporting the local community.

"Through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Lockport will be able to secure significant upgrades in housing, transit, and community spaces, along with new business opportunities." Governor Cuomo said. "Western New York has seen unprecedented development in recent years, and with these targeted investments we are empowering communities to make further improvements that benefit the residents and visitors."

The money will come from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative program.

"The Downtown Revitalization Initiative offers opportunities for Lockport to continue to develop by creating opportunities for businesses to reach their full economic potential," state senator Robert Ortt said. "These projects help continue growth in Lockport and will bring more people into the community."

Money from the program will also be used to complete the restoration of the Historic Palace Theatre, convert the former Tuscarora Club into a mixed-use facility and rehabilitate the Old Historic Post Office.