December 9, 2013 - 2:34 PM
The public can look at plans to redesign Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park tonight during an event at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.
Though there will be no formal presentation, state parks officials will be on hand to discuss renderings for Stedman’s Bluff, the plaza adjacent to the Cave of the Winds complex, the Gorge Rim Trails, Terrapin Point and the area immediately surrounding the Top of the Falls restaurant. There will also be information on parking lot No. 2 and plans to relocate the Park Police.
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December 4, 2013 - 2:23 PM
Jessica Shvimer, of Grand Island, and her son Dylan, 2, enjoy the holiday feel on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls on Tuesday night.
Old Falls Street was lit up in with a holiday glow Tuesday night.
Photojournalist John Hickey was there to capture the event. View more photos at this gallery.
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November 19, 2013 - 9:22 AM
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.
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November 14, 2013 - 9:16 AM
Earlier this week, Mayor Paul A. Dyster told the City Council a development agreement with the Hamister Group for a $25 million downtown hotel, apartment and retail project could be signed as soon as Friday.
Attorneys are still in the process of finalizing the contract, and "nothing new" compared to what was presented two months ago has appeared as the sides continue to work, Dyster told lawmakers.
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November 11, 2013 - 11:28 AM
Starting next year, Preservation Buffalo Niagara is adding guided tours of Niagara Falls State Park to its repertoire.
The group announced in an email late last week it was adding the Falls tours to its list of existing tours, which includes daily tours of Buffalo's City Hall, as well as tours of downtown Buffalo and other neighborhoods.
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November 7, 2013 - 10:30 AM
(Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)
Prospect Point in Niagara Falls State Park is in the middle of a $4.3 million makeover.
Here's the story and a photo gallery.
November 6, 2013 - 5:12 PM
Niagara County Community College's Niagara Falls Culinary Institute will hold an open house for prospective students from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
The event will include tours of the Old Falls Street campus, workshops on financial aid, information on student housing and the chance to meet faculty and students.
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October 29, 2013 - 8:01 AM
NIAGARA FALLS - James Bradley was behind the wheel of his car Thursday night as he and his fiancee were leaving Seneca Niagara Casino.
Bradley's fiancee was driving the car ahead of his, as they were trying to cross John Daly Boulevard to head up Falls Street.
It was about 1:30 a.m., Bradley said, and his fiancee's vehicle moved out slowly halfway across John Daly Boulevard. That was when her car was nearly struck by two vehicles going at least 40 mph down John Daly.
"This is a tragedy in the making," Bradley, a 10th Street resident, told the City Council on Monday night.
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October 26, 2013 - 9:05 AM
The Niagara Falls City Council on Monday will consider the proposed sale of four city-owned parcels to a Syracuse-based non-profit planning housing units downtown.
Housing Visions has proposed buying 524, 527, 530 and 531 Seventh Street for a total of $2,000.
This story I wrote in July described the proposal.
October 25, 2013 - 12:56 PM
Updated 2:14 p.m.
The state parks office today released the final version of a report formalizing a decision announced earlier this year to remove a two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway.
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.
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