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New designs revealed for Tonawanda waterfront

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Posted at 8:22 PM, Dec 19, 2019

CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Proposed plans for the future of City of Tonawanda's waterfront were revealed to neighbors Thursday evening.

City officials, along with DiDonato Associates and Wendel Corporation, presented three different designs for development on Young Street, which has been closed for years.

The city wants the waterfront to become a year round attraction. Plans include a concert and ice rink pavilion, sports fields, art walls, and sculptures. The biggest difference between the three plans is where the pavilion will be located, to the right, middle, or left of the controversial million dollar intermodal bathroom hub.

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis said most of the money for the project comes from the state. The waterfront area will have about $7 million invested in it over the next two years.

"At this time, I don't foresee any city taxpayer dollars being used for this project," he said.

Developers stressed the plans aren't all or nothing, a combination of the three concepts is possible too.

The public comment period will be open for approximately two weeks. The city plans on starting construction in the late summer/early fall.

The goal is to have a completely redesigned Young Street by Memorial Day 2021.