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$280k in grants for hotel, apartment projects in Niagara Falls may be approved today

Updated July 29, 8:46 a.m.: All grants were approved.

Original post: The City of Niagara Falls' banking arm today will consider making $280,000 in grants for four market rate apartment rehabilitation projects and a hotel project.

NFC Development Corp. is being asked to approve:

-A $150,000 grant to Plati Niagara, the Strangio family company building a Wingate by Wyndham hotel at 333 Rainbow Blvd.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

NFC Development Corp. will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 4:30 p.m. or immediately after the NFC Development Corp. meeting Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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'Make Your Own Park' Day in Niagara Falls postponed

Updated Sat., July 26, 2:15 p.m.: The event has been postponed due to weather.

Original post: The city and some community groups plan to turn the site of a demolished home into a neighborhood park for the day this weekend.

A vacant lot near the corner of 18th Street and Whitney Avenue will become a park from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be games and crafting as part of the event, which is organized by the city's Community Development Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Niagara Liberty Partnership and ReNU Niagara.

Niagara Falls' new purchasing agent has short stay in City Hall

The Dyster administration brought in a new purchasing agent June 30 to fill a job that had been vacant for about a year.

One of the new employee's tasks would be helping to find a company to improve the city's website, City Administrator Donna D. Owens told lawmakers about a month ago. The Tourism Advisory Board had been asking about the issue, and the new purchasing agent had experience in the procurement of IT services, Owens told lawmakers.

Tara Kiene Budd spent two days working for the city as purchasing agent. Then she left.

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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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Niagara Falls lawmakers to consider settlement with police detectives

The Niagara Falls City Council next week will consider approving a settlement for back pay for four police detectives who got promoted after a lawsuit.

Mark C. Martinez, Jason G. Sykes, Todd N. Faddoul and Shawn S. Arndt are in line for a proposed settlement of $99,093.76, which will come before lawmakers Monday night. The four were promoted to detective after they won a lawsuit saying they were already performing detective duties in their role as crime scene officers.

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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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Falls lawmakers open to considering delay in start of new garbage, recycling program

Niagara Falls lawmakers were urged Monday to hold off on starting the new garbage and recycling program in the city.

The Dyster administration has rolled out how it expects the program to work, and the City Council held a public hearing Monday on the new law needed to put the program into effect.

The Council next meets on Monday, at which time it is expected to consider the proposed law.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed new garbage and recycling law at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

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

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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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