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November 29, 2013

Council vote on South Junior, Walnut Avenue projects draws puzzlement, anger


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “I think it’s frustrating when the council doesn’t see through a good project,” he said.

Lockwood said his not-for-profit has sunk more than $100,000 into “pre-development costs” and needed the tax agreement in order to provide a predictable tax structure to give the project stability.

“That’s what the PILOT was about,” Lockwood said. “Predictability.”

Lockwood said his agency, which has partnered with Carolyn’s House locally and plans to provide housing for women seeking to end abusive relationships and gain independence as part of the project, does not operate on “huge cash flows” and so needs predictable tax structure to make projects work.

“Really, that was a vote against survivors of domestic violence,” Lockwood said.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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