February 27, 2014 - 4:16 PM
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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February 19, 2014 - 10:48 PM
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:
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February 13, 2014 - 1:52 PM
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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January 1, 2014 - 7:31 PM
Here's the one-page summary of the timetable for the Hamister project:
Projected timeline for Hamister project
January 1, 2014 - 7:15 PM
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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December 23, 2013 - 10:00 PM
The City Council tonight tabled a proposed agreement with One Niagara LLC over back taxes and assessment challenges.
Here's the memo from Corporation Counsel Craig Johnson and Assessor James Bird, who recommended lawmakers make the settlement:
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December 17, 2013 - 12:45 PM
Officials from the state and the city of Niagara Falls will tell you Old Falls Street is a work in progress.
The Buffalo News examined the current state of affairs on the important street in downtown Niagara Falls and found that too often, the street is a ghost town. Some parts are vacant even in the busy tourist season when 8 million people visit Niagara Falls State Park, which sits at one end of the road.
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December 16, 2013 - 5:12 PM
USA Niagara Development Corp. this afternoon awarded a management contract for the Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center and Old Falls Street to Global Spectrum, which has had the work since 2009.
The agreement, approved by a 4-0 vote, sets an initial term of five years, with USA Niagara, the state's economic development agency in the Falls, having two one-year options.
Under the deal, Global Spectrum will be paid up to $973,353 in the first year - $313,691 for management of the conference center and $659,662 for the management of Old Falls Street.
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December 16, 2013 - 12:20 PM
The USA Niagara Development Corp. has an item on this afternoon's agenda to award a management contract for Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center and Old Falls Street.
Global Spectrum has had the contract since the start of 2009.
USA Niagara Development Corp. agenda - Dec. 16, 2013
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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