NIAGARA FALLS – State Supreme Court Justice Frank Caruso ordered the Niagara Community Center Association dissolved this week, saying it hasn’t done anything in seven years and the group’s only asset, its unused building, is deteriorating into “a very large and dangerous liability.”
Caruso ordered the sides to report to court at 2 p.m. July 17 to discuss what will happen to the building at 1364 Center Ave. The plaintiffs who sought the dissolution in April 2013, Charles A. Searcy and Patricia Alston, also were board members.
“There is no indication of any illegal activity by any director, nor any finding that the corporation was utilized by any director for their own benefit,” Caruso wrote. But he said the not-for-profit group, once prominent in the city, has no money to begin the $2 million worth of renovation it is estimated that would be needed “to bring the building back to a state of minimal functionality.”
The judge said the dissolution was justified “for reasons of waste of a corporate asset.” The board members named as defendants in the case included such prominent citizens as former County Legislator Renae Kimble, Paul G. Colangelo and Shirley Hamilton. Former City Judge Robert M. Restaino was the attorney for the plaintiffs.