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May 5, 2013

Cache building under way


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — With sleek tile flooring, cherry wood furnishings and marble accents, the finished parlor will be “a modern take on an old-school parlor. It’ll be something unlike anywhere else, different in a good way,” co-owner Jason Wulf promises.

FLIGHT OF FIVE RESTORATION: Construction work to make Locks 69 and 70 operable again should get under way in July, after the state Canal Corporation awards the job on competitive bidding.

The job will consist of removing or modifying dams in the more than 165-year-old locks, removing accumulated sediment, repairing/replacing wooden flooring and installing new wooden gates and gate arms for manual opening and closing of the chambers.

Replacement of original masonry will be minimal and only as needed to ensure public safety, restoration Program Manager Peter Welsby said. Work will be ongoing through June 2014.

CITY PARKING GARAGE: Despite a lawsuit filed last week by a rejected contractor, the city has given Empire Dismantlement Corp. the green light to start pre-demolition work on Monday. Empire was hired to take down the parking garage and install a surface parking lot in its place.

Its contract with the city requires the job be finished within 90 days of Empire starting, which should mean it’ll be done, landscaping and all, by early August. However, the timetable could be affected by Scott Yard Lawn Inc.’s suit against the city.

The Sanborn contractor claims it placed the low bid for the work and wants a court order awarding it the job. A hearing on Scott Yard’s request for a temporary restraining order against the city is set for Thursday in state Supreme Court.

PASSENGER TRAIN PLATFORM: Talks are under way with Medina Railroad Museum directors regarding city construction of a passenger train platform at 29 Gooding St. A construction timetable is not set, but Mayor Tucker said last week that the platform can, and likely will, be built this summer.

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