An early rendering of the Hamister Group's proposal.
A $25.3 million project with an upscale hotel, apartments and retail space in downtown Niagara Falls is moving forward.
As reported in a story published on BuffaloNews.com late Monday afternoon, the Hamister Group, the City of Niagara Falls and the state's USA Niagara Development Corp. have completed a development agreement for the project at 310 Rainbow Blvd.
One of the discount regional airlines that flies into Niagara Falls International Airport is using a reference to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's recent admission to smoking crack in its advertisements on its website.
Spirit Airlines is pitching its low fares by assuring customers "We're not smoking crack."
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.
A proposed Popeyes Louisiana Chicken at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Military Road is off the table.
The Benchmark Group of Amherst that manages the Mil-Pine Plaza has told the city it will not move forward with drainage improvements to the plaza the city required in connection with the proposal, senior planner Thomas J. DeSantis told the Planning Board Wednesday night.
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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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.