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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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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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Bank drive-thru coming to corner of Main and Third streets

The building at Third and Main streets that used to house a cell phone store will be demolished to make way for a Bank of America drive-thru ATM.

The property owner is willing to begin demolition of the building, located at 542 Main, as soon as possible, said Stephen Parrish of Scheid Architectural. The section of the lot where the building currently stands will become greenspace.

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'Frozen' kicks off 'Flicks on Old Falls' tonight in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS - Old Falls Street's summer movie night series begins tonight with Disney's 2013 animated hit "Frozen."

"Flicks on Old Falls" runs on Thursday nights through the end of August. Showings will start at 9 p.m. on the street’s middle block. Here’s the rest of the schedule:

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Proposal on hold to provide $40k in funding for Niagara Falls Blues Festival

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Jon Dretto, guitarist with the Bravuras, performs last year at the Niagara Falls Blues Festival on Old Falls Street. (John Hickey / Buffalo News file photo)

Mayor Paul A. Dyster on Monday night pulled a proposal from the City Council agenda to provide $40,000 in funding for September's Niagara Falls Blues Festival.

During the Council's Committee of the Whole meeting, which precedes its regular business meeting, Councilman Andrew P. Touma moved to amend the proposal - dropping the funding amount to $10,000.

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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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Summer concert proposed for Old Falls Street with help of city funds

Mayor Paul A. Dyster's administration is proposing the city spend $40,000 for a concert to be held on Old Falls Street sometime in August and put on in conjunction with the Hard Rock Cafe.

The Hard Rock Cafe would provide marketing, security and staffing for the event, while the city's money would be used for "talent fees and staging and related costs." The city in previous years sponsored summer concerts on Old Falls Street. The date of the show has yet to be determined.

The City Council will consider the proposal when it meets Monday night.

Here's a look at some of the other items lawmakers will consider:

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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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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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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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