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Lumber City continues to pursue development within the city

Representatives from the Lumber City Development Corporation met with the common council Tuesday to discuss the growth in community development, which was completed in 2012 and will carry over or begin in 2013.

“We try to plan and implement programs, projects, or activities that try to create or stimulate community or economic development in North Tonawanda,” said Richard Tindell. “We do that through a variety of means.”

According to Tindell, in 2012, LCDC invested $570,000 in eight different business projects, which resulted in approximately $2 million in private business investments and ultimately helped to retain or create up to 100 jobs within the city.

Some of those projects included working with businesses such as, Canalside Creamery; Sweet Angels Day Care; Webster Street Bistro; Romeo’s Restaurante; and Joy Keebler Landscape Architect.

In addition the LCDC provided loan financing for the Webster Street Bistro and community development funding for the Remington Tavern Project.

“I know we are all familiar with this a lot of these, but hopefully it’s a reminder of all the good things that took place in North Tonawanda in 2012,” said Tindell. “We also quite often prepared some grant applications, on behalf of Lumber City or the city, directly, itself.”

Of the three grant applications that LCDC prepared in 2012, for the state consolidated funding process, they were successful in one obtaining one of those grants. The grant, which was awarded in the amount of $71,000 will be used for the design and installation of the kayak launches along the Erie Canal. Construction is not expected until next year.

Current project areas the LCDC is focusing on are Brownfields Ppportunity Area; the New York State Federal Assistance Program for Community Development for the Redevelopment of the Buffalo Bolt site; the Waterfront Revitalization Program, and the Green Infrastructure Plan for Webster Street.

“We have a lot of good things going on that are carrying over into 2013 as well,” said Tindell.

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