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Construction to turn former Fallside Hotel into Doubletree by Hilton expected to start mid-summer

Construction is expected to begin sometime in mid-summer on a Doubletree by Hilton hotel project at the site of the former Fallside Hotel on Buffalo Avenue.

The Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night granted three variances to a Canadian hotelier planning to revive the shuttered hotel.

The board approved a variance allowing the project, being undertaken by Merani Hospitality LLC, to have 60 extra parking spaces, as well as exceptions to required setbacks.

The planned 184-room Doubletree by Hilton will include an eight-story tower, as well as a two-story restaurant and bar.

The project still requires approval from the city Planning Board, with the matter not expected to come before that panel for about two months.

Demolition of some of the existing structures may start in late April or early May, project engineer and architect James E. Boy told the panel. About 75 percent of the building that runs along the Robert Moses Parkway is being demolished, Boy said.

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