(WIVB) — The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will receive almost $3 million in federal funding, Congressman Brian Higgins (D) announced Thursday.

Higgins said that it will go towards a construction project at the base.

The total of it is $2.8 million, which will help build a combined operations and alert facility, which would help improve coordinated training and improve mission response time.

This funding is only a dent in what it fully needs with the total cost of the new facility hovering around $50 million. However, the $2.8 million will help get planning and design off the ground.

“The Air Reserve Station is Niagara County’s largest employer generating $300 million in economic impact on the local economy. I ask my colleagues to support this funding and enhanced mission response,” Congressman Higgins said.

The package was approved by the House and is expected to be adopted by the Senate.

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