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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.

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.

Niagara Falls poised to change contractors for clearing uncut lots

After the recycling and garbage issue, the one that saw the most complaints from the public during Monday's City Council meeting was high grass on vacant lots around the city.

It appears city officials are about to do something about it.

The Council has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. today to act on a recommendation from the Dyster administration to drop a Youngstown firm that was awarded the work at the end of March.

Plans for sightseeing tours, Department of Corrections offices on tap in Niagara Falls

In addition to plans for the Hamister Group's downtown hotel, a few other proposals will come before the city Planning Board on Wednesday night.

Joe Anderson Jr. is proposing to operate sightseeing tours out of Smokin Joes Native Center, 333 First St.

Niagara Falls lawmakers oppose police barracks location

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Niagara Falls lawmakers on Monday night joined the opposition to locating a State Parks Police barracks on the rim of the Niagara Gorge.

The City Council voted unanimously in support of finding another site for the proposed police station, the construction of which was put on hold last week.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The board of trustees of Niagara Falls Public Library will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the LaSalle Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

Zoning Board puts off decision on legality of homeless shelter operations

Updated June 18, 10:20 a.m.

The city Zoning Board of Appeals tonight put off a decision regarding the legality of the operations of a Ferry Avenue homeless shelter.

The board tabled the request from the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission to review whether the city was right when, in April, it stopped the shelter from providing emergency overnight housing. The shelter at 1023 Ferry Ave., which also serves meals and provides a long-term residential program, is in a neighborhood zoned residential that allows multiple dwellings.

Community meetings planned on changes to city's garbage, recycling programs

A groundswell of community concern has emerged over upcoming changes to the city's curbside garbage and recycling collection program.

And there are three community meetings this week aimed at getting answers to the public's questions.

The first is happening at 6 p.m. Wednesday in American Legion Post 1664, 752 E. Market St., in the City Market. The meeting will follow a question-and-answer format and City Administrator Donna Owens will attend, said Candace Corsaro, who is organizing the meeting.

International Festival at Gill Creek Park this weekend

Carnival rides, a petting zoo and live music make up part of the 14th annual International Festival being held in Gill Creek Park this weekend.

The event, sponsored by the Niagara Street Area Business & Professional Association, runs from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will also include pony rides, a beer tent, and food and craft vendors.

Map: State Parks Police barracks proposal for Niagara Gorge

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Map courtesy of State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The red box on the above map is the spot on the rim of the Niagara Gorge the state wants as the site of a new Parks Police station. Site work had been ongoing for several weeks until the state announced yesterday construction had been suspended.

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Aaron Besecker

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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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