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Former Niagara Falls high school converted into mixed-use

Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

The former South Junior High School in Niagara Falls is being transformed into a mixed-use space known as Niagara City Lofts.

The 61 housing unites include 49 one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom and two studio apartments. Six of the units will he handicapped-accessible and rents will be set to attract veterans and young professionals just starting their careers.

There is also 19,000 square feet of commercial space available and a restored auditorium that may be rented for community events.

State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello praised the developer, CB Emmanuel, for having vision to bring new life to the once-dilapidated building.

"They have created a community within the City of Niagara Falls. This building will become a community. They have an auditorium that the rest of the community could use. I applaud the vision. I applaud the preservation," said Morinello.

The project was funded by a combination of bank loans, tax credit equity and a $5 million grant to Niagara Falls from Empire State Development.

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.