Angola Receives Grant for Nickel Plate Depot


Looks like Angola’s Nickel Plate Depot will be moved to a new home and receive quite the facelift!  Last week, the village of Angola was awarded $299,500 for its 1882 Nickel Plate Depot relocation project from the Restore New York Communities Initiative.  The Restore NY project supports municipal revitalization efforts across the state, helping to reinvigorate downtown neighborhoods and to hopefully generate economic opportunity in communities across the state.

Nickel Plate Station
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Town Supervisor Mary Hosler believes the depot’s move and renovation will attract more visitors and history buffs to our downtown area. Specifics of exhibits and other events in the depot will be announced at a later time, once the depot is renovated.

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For Angola’s $299,500, the Nickel Plate Depot is a 1,300-square-foot building that will be moved to Pennsylvania Avenue at the corner of South Main Street in the Village of Angola. The project had been estimated to cost at least $327,500. The majority of that expense will be for the move the depot, and also the depot’s renovation.  Renovation will include removal of lead paint, removal of any asbestos found in the building, installation of a parking lot and sidewalks up to the building and the installation of park lights.

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Governor Cuomo had enacted the Restore New York Communities Initiative in the fiscal year 2016 state budget and designated Empire State Development to implement the program.  Cities, towns and villages were all eligible to apply for support for projects that include demolition, deconstruction, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of vacant, abandoned, condemned and surplus properties.

During a presentation of the awards at the Hollywood Theater in Gowanda, also an award recipient,  Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul said, “By preserving the cultural legacy and historical character of our downtowns, Governor Cuomo is breathing new life into old institutions and laying the foundation for future economic success and opportunity.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky also added that he feels the initiative will help in revitalizing urban centers and is an important step towards attracting residents and businesses alike to rebuild underserved neighborhoods and communities.

According to the Village of Angola Clerk-Treasurer Linda Giancarlo, with the help of grant writer Lori Szewczyk of the ECIDA and the Mayor, village board members, attorney and engineer were all part of the dedicated team that worked hard to procure this Restore NY Grant. If you are interested in participating in this project or have any questions regarding the depot grant, please call the Village of Angola Town Clerk Linda GiancarloIf at 549-1126 for more details.