December 12, 2013 - 1:39 PM
The City of Niagara Falls will receive a $132,000 grant from the state to help turn a former fire hall on HIghland Avenue into a training center for the Isaiah 61 Project, which provides job training through the renovation of vacant homes.
The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. will share a $300,000 grant with five other tourism promotion agencies in Western New York to develop a branding plan for the region.
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December 9, 2013 - 2:34 PM
The public can look at plans to redesign Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park tonight during an event at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.
Though there will be no formal presentation, state parks officials will be on hand to discuss renderings for Stedman’s Bluff, the plaza adjacent to the Cave of the Winds complex, the Gorge Rim Trails, Terrapin Point and the area immediately surrounding the Top of the Falls restaurant. There will also be information on parking lot No. 2 and plans to relocate the Park Police.
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October 25, 2013 - 12:56 PM
Updated 2:14 p.m.
The state parks office today released the final version of a report formalizing a decision announced earlier this year to remove a two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway.
The issuance of a final scoping report is a procedural step which allows the state to begin design work on what has been called the first phase of planned changes to the parkway, taking out the stretch of highway between Main Street and Findlay Drive in the city's North End.
It will be replaced with a multi-use nature trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and others.
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October 3, 2013 - 4:23 PM
Updated 4:53 p.m.
The state and the City of Niagara Falls are offering $40 million in incentives as part of a competition to create downtown development projects.
Dubbed the "Downtown Niagara Falls Development Challenge," officials are looking for proposals for "signature projects" to boost tourism.
One of the reasons for the challenge is to build more attractions to try to get tourists who visit the Falls to stay longer and spend more money while visiting.
The area is not capitalizing on potential revenue, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office, because overnight stays and visitor spending are less here than in places around the country with national parks, even though the Falls draws more visitors than most.
The loss in revenue "can be traced to the limited number and quality of amenities in the Niagara Falls area."
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September 25, 2013 - 10:42 AM
The City of Niagara Falls is among several hundred municipalities across the state deemed eligible to apply for a slice of $80 million in aid for financially distressed local governments.
The Fiscal Restructuring Board, which was established this year, will have up to $80 million available in allotments of up to $5 million. The 10-member board will make recommendations for fiscal management improvements, which a municipality must accept in order to receive the aid.
The Falls was deemed eligible because of its tax rate.
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September 19, 2013 - 11:36 AM
(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Updated 2:35 p.m.
NIAGARA FALLS - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and developer Mark Hamister signed a ceremonial agreement this morning for the $25.3 million hotel, apartment and retail project downtown.
Cuomo got personally involved in the proposed development two weeks ago after a political mailer almost made Hamister walk away.
"Mr. Hamister, I can't tell you how grateful we are that you gave us the
benefit of the doubt," Cuomo said during an event in the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
Listen to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster's introduction of Cuomo and the governor's remarks:
Hamister said he expects to break ground on the project sometime in the second half of 2014.
While he said he has yet to apply for a franchise agreement for the hotel, Hamister said the hotel will likely be either a Hilton, Marriott or Intercontinental.
"I suppose you can read into my order of things in that response," he said.
August 29, 2013 - 6:21 PM
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of a boat storage facility for the Maid of the Mist in the Niagara Gorge.
Here's the full ruling, which was issued today:
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August 20, 2013 - 6:24 PM
Mayor Paul A. Dyster issued the following statement on today's announcement that Intertrust Development and Uniland Development were selected to make proposals for the vacant portion of the former Rainbow Centre mall.
“For decades, the old Rainbow Mall and 310 Rainbow Blvd. site were examples of everything wrong with the Niagara Falls market place. Vacant buildings and empty lots give the wrong first impression to our visitors and embarrass our residents. Now in 2013, thanks to strong partnerships with Empire State Development, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, and the County of Niagara, these properties represent $100 million in total investment for our community.
"The Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute is already a downtown gem, and there is much more to come at the former Rainbow Mall, as today's announcement signifies. We were able to get to this point within 36 months because we are executing a shared vision, despite short term road blocks. I am very hopeful that our elected officials, at all levels of government, will continue to work together to see this needed development through.”
Mayor Paul A. Dyster has called a news conference for 3 p.m. Tuesday to talk about the city's plans for its share of revenue from Seneca Niagara Casino.
Dyster will announce a "step-by-step course of action" during a session planned for Council Chambers in City Hall.
"There are many questions surrounding this settlement and I want to communicate the facts directly to the public," Dyster said in a written statement released Sunday afternoon.
Here's Dyster's full statement:
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