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Document: Niagara Falls officials recommend deal with One Niagara

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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Map: The players on Old Falls Street, too often a ghost town for Niagara Falls

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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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Global Spectrum will continue to manage Niagara Falls' conference center, Old Falls Street

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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USA Niagara to award management contract for Niagara Falls conference center, Old Falls Street

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

State parks offers glimpse at redesign of Goat Island in Niagara Falls tonight

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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Pics: Holiday lights on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls

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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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Hamister project in Niagara Falls takes next step

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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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Audio: Dyster says agreement with Hamister could be done as soon as Friday

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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Preservation group to start giving tours of Niagara Falls State Park

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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Niagara Falls' Prospect Point halfway done with makeover

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(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.

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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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