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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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Plans for sightseeing tours, Department of Corrections offices on tap in Niagara Falls

In addition to plans for the Hamister Group's downtown hotel, a few other proposals will come before the city Planning Board on Wednesday night.

Joe Anderson Jr. is proposing to operate sightseeing tours out of Smokin Joes Native Center, 333 First St.

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Video: CBS Evening News looks at Hornblower vs. Maid of the Mist

The CBS Evening News takes a look at Hornblower vs. Maid of the Mist - the new rivalry among companies giving boat rides below Niagara Falls.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

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

The board of trustees of Niagara Falls Public Library will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library, 1425 Main St.

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Two weeks left to submit outdoor recreation proposals for Niagara Falls

Companies interested in giving Niagara Falls a new array of outdoor experiences have two more weeks to get their proposals to the state.

The deadline to submit proposals for new outdoor recreation programming and facilities, which had been today, was extended last month. The new deadline is 2 p.m. May 30.

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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.

A public forum with candidates running for Niagara Falls School Board will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.

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Benderson and the contaminated berm

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As we reported Wednesday night, Benderson Development wants to build a 65,000-square-foot addition to the Tops and Target plaza on Niagara Falls Bouelvard.

The company says it needs the city to give up its rights to an undeveloped portion of 76th Street in order for the project to happen.

Benderson says it needs more land because it needs to move a berm containing contaminated material that's already on the property (pictured in the background above).

Benderson's James A. Boglioli said he did not know what type of contamination was in the berm, only that it was moved from another area of the site when the foundations for the plaza were dug.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The School Board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St.

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Audio: Niagara Falls re-ups with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

Lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls on Monday night renewed the city's membership with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the regional business development and marketing group based in Buffalo.

The City Council approved $50,000 in funding by a 3-1 vote. Funding from the city's share of casino revenue will be used to pay for it. Here's the audio from the vote:

Council Chairman Charles A. Walker said the city does not have anyone currently on staff whose job it is to do what the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise does. The city has property to market, and finding future development opportunities will help grow the tax base, Walker said, describing continued membership as "investing in our city" and helping to drive economic development.

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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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