With shovels already in the ground, construction is continuing on the $10.2 million, 110-room Wingate by Wyndham at Fourth Street and Rainbow Boulevard.
The project, being developed by Plati Niagara Inc., a company formed by Antonio, Frank and Anthony Strangio, is expected to be completed in the late spring of 2015, Picone Construction Corp. announced in a news release Thursday.
The total number of visitors to the state's parks and historic sites decreased last year but eclipsed 60 million for the second straight year.
The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Wednesday released attendance figures for 2013 showing 60,137,898 people visited 220 sites. In 2012, there were 60.3 million visitors.
Niagara Falls State Park remained the most-visited site in the system, with 8,863,301 visitors, state parks said.
Here are the sites that had the most visitors last year:
For his In Focus series, my colleague Brian Meyer spoke with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster about economic development, Nik Wallenda's Darien Lake shows and being named to a committee looking at a potential new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.
Lisa A. Vitello was elected chair of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board at its first meeting of the year Monday night.
Vitello, who has been a member of the board for several years, is also a member of the city Planning Board. She told the group her past also includes 24 years as an educator and a restaurant manager in the former Rainbow Centre mall.
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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.