Tonawanda Receives State Grant for Housing Study

September 1, 2006

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and State Senator Marc Coppola today announced that the City of Tonawanda will be receiving a $20,000 state legislative grant to undertake an environmental and land assessment study on a Clay Hill site that has been proposed for a housing development.

The state grant would fund a study to refine the boundaries of an unused land area located adjacent to Veterans Park off Fletcher Street. In addition, the study would determine if the parcel has any wetlands, Native American burial grounds or other restrictions. Alderman Rick Davis requested the grant monies following a Common Council directive to undertake the studies necessary to move the project forward. Early projections indicate that the Clay Hill site could accommodate 40 to 70 new homes.

“Young families and couples are looking for quality, affordable housing opportunities in good community settings and this proposed project would certainly seem to fit the bill,” Schimminger said. “This grant will allow the city, at no cost to the local taxpayer, to get many of the answers it needs before proceeding with this development.”

“Expanding the city’s tax rolls is the ultimate goal of this development, and ensuring that this property is suitable for housing development is critically important,” Senator Marc Coppola said. “I am confident that the study will show that it is, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Alderman Rick Davis noted that a lot of work still needs to be done before this project is shovel-ready. “This grant will go a long way towards completing the surveys and studies that the City needs to do as part of our due diligence on this project,” Davis said. “Housing stock in our city is deteriorating, and this project will go a long way towards improving that. I want to thank both Senator Coppola and Assemblyman Schimminger for their efforts to assist the City with moving this project forward.”