LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - A News 4 report back in 2006 sparked the initial investigation surrounding a deteriorating parking ramp in Lockport. Now, seven years later, demolition workers are knocking down the final pieces of the old city-owned parking ramp.
Mayor Michael Tucker remembers News 4 visiting his office in August 2006, alerting him to the crumbling structure. Within a few days, the parking ramp was closed because of concerns about the structure and potential liability. It was clear something needed to be done.
The city did not have the money to fix it, and the parking ramp has sat for years. Now the city is borrowing money to take down the structure and building a new parking lot.
Mayor Tucker says there are two options for the structure:
- A single-level lot with a price tag of more than a million dollars
- A split-level design that could run an additional $250,000
"There would be a parking lot off of Main with an entrance off of Main, and then a parking lot off of Pine with an entrance off of Pine," Mayor Tucker said.
He is hoping the council will make a decision next week on the best way to go. With the end of September just a few days a way, the construction window is closing.
"It's going to come down to weather now at this point. Once you get into late October, early November it starts snowing, there's an issue. But we're moving ahead. Our plan is to have it done this year," Mayor Tucker said.
He says the project is a bit behind schedule, but he's optimistic that construction crews will be able to finish up before the end of the year.
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