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Culinary Institute wants to put a new face on Old Falls Street

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The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is planning to spruce up its Old Falls Street façade.

Aimed at making the facility more alluring to local traffic, Niagara County Community College has been preparing for the upgrades since late last year.

The plans will come before the city Planning Board when it meets tonight at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The college is asking for permission to encroach on the city right-of-way, a decision that ultimately lies with the City Council.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in City Hall.

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Variances will allow contractor's yard near Love Canal, parking lot next to Niagara St. bar

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance requested by one of its own members.

Richard J. Kindzia, who runs Kindzia Electric and owns property at 490 101st St., wants to build an office building, warehouse and contractor's yard on the property, near Love Canal.

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Bank drive-thru coming to corner of Main and Third streets

The building at Third and Main streets that used to house a cell phone store will be demolished to make way for a Bank of America drive-thru ATM.

The property owner is willing to begin demolition of the building, located at 542 Main, as soon as possible, said Stephen Parrish of Scheid Architectural. The section of the lot where the building currently stands will become greenspace.

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Falls chamber hosting red carpet event

The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “red carpet awards event” July 17 at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

Businesses and businesspersons to be honored include Mary Ann Hess of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets, Mario Yarussi of Yarussi Construction, Robert Kendzia of MacLeods Pharmacy, Lisa Routhier of Sunshine Cafe, Richard Thomason of Insurance Solutions, William “Tunez” Wilson, Tom Lowe, Matt Green, Phil Mohr and Dan Lusk.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in City Hall.

Plans for Popeyes restaurant back on in Niagara Falls

It was on, then it was off and now it's back on again.

A Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is coming to the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Military Road.

The Benchmark Group of Amherst, which manages the Mil-Pine Plaza, has undertaken some parking lot renovations at the property over the last couple months.

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AAA tour bus to advertise Niagara Falls

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A tour bus is being used as the latest promotional vehicle for Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. and the AAA of Western and Central New York have partnered to advertise the Falls on a motor coach used by AAA's Horizon Club Tours.

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City of Niagara Falls to pursue acquisition of Third Street lot

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The Dyster administration is still looking for a way to encourage pedestrian traffic between Third Street and neighboring streets and alleys.

The city is looking at buying 425 Third St. - a vacant lot with a wall built along the front of it adjacent to the sidewalk - and turning it into a cut-through, the idea being to better create connections to the neighborhood surrounding Third Street.

Last month, the administration was looking at 515 Third and 508 Fourth St., under the same auspices. Those plans sought to create a parking lot and a shovel-ready development site, but the Third Street property has since been sold, said Community Development Director Seth A. Piccirillo.

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Niagara Falls hotel project gets 12-month extension

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The city Planning Board on Wednesday night granted a one-year extension of its approval of plans for a $12 million, 82-room Courtyard by Marriott downtown.

The former Moore Business Forms property at 900 Buffalo Ave., at John Daly Boulevard, is owned by Indian Ocean LLC.

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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

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.

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