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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

NFC Development Corp. will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers 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 Council Chambers.

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

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Construction to turn former Fallside Hotel into Doubletree by Hilton expected to start mid-summer

Construction is expected to begin sometime in mid-summer on a Doubletree by Hilton hotel project at the site of the former Fallside Hotel on Buffalo Avenue.

The Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday night granted three variances to a Canadian hotelier planning to revive the shuttered hotel.

The board approved a variance allowing the project, being undertaken by Merani Hospitality LLC, to have 60 extra parking spaces, as well as exceptions to required setbacks.

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Casino to host free autograph session with former Bills, including Andre Reed

Former Buffalo Bills Andre Reed, Joe DeLamielleure and Mark Kelso will visit Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel for a free autograph session from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Fans may bring up to two items to get signed. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Plans for Tony Rome's in Niagara Falls to be reviewed this week

The city Planning Board on Wednesday will review a proposal for a Tony Rome's restaurant to be located in the Holiday Inn at 114 Buffalo Ave.

The 13,500-square-foot, two-story project is being proposed by the hotel owner, Merani Holding LLC.

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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 of City Hall.

The Housing Authority board of commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s executive offices at 744 10th St.

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Rendering unveiled for Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Niagara Falls

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With shovels already in the ground, construction is continuing on the $10.2 million, 110-room Wingate by Wyndham at Fourth Street and Rainbow Boulevard.

The project, being developed by Plati Niagara Inc., a company formed by Antonio, Frank and Anthony Strangio, is expected to be completed in the late spring of 2015, Picone Construction Corp. announced in a news release Thursday.

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Audio: One Niagara representatives argue their case, win tax deal

The Niagara Falls City Council on Wednesday night approved a $1.55 million settlement with the owners of One Niagara over back taxes and a challenged assessment. Here's the story.

One Niagara President Tony Farina and government affairs director Richard F. Soluri spoke to lawmakers during the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment. Listen to their full statements:

Tony Farina

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DelMonte named chair of USA Niagara Development

Updated 3:18 p.m.

Former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte has been appointed chair of USA Niagara Development Corp., the state's economic development arm in Niagara Falls.

Also appointed to the agency's five-member board was Paul S. Nanula, president of Nanco Group, and Monica Pellegrino Faix, executive director of the Richardson Center Corp.

Modern Corporation's Gary E. Smith and Michael A. Williamson Sr. of Williamson Funeral Home in Niagara Falls were both reappointed to the panel.

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Summary of timeline for Hamister project in Niagara Falls

Here's the one-page summary of the timetable for the Hamister project:

Projected timeline for Hamister project

Deadlines, duties outlined in contract for Hamister project in Niagara Falls

The 155-page contract among the City of Niagara Falls, USA Niagara Development and the Hamister Group outlines the duties and deadlines to make the $25.3 million project happen.

A copy of the agreement was obtained by The Buffalo News through a request to the city under the Freedom of Information Law.

Here's the deal:

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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.

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