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More tidbits from Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Interpretive Center session

There were a bunch of things I didn't fit into my story from last night about design plans for the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Interpretive Center.

-Organizers will likely rely on donations rather than charging an admission fee, at least to start.

-The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission is having conversations with Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum about the possibility of displaying some of the museum's artifacts related to the Underground Railroad at the center.

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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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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

NFC Development Corp. will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 117 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 Room 117 in City Hall.

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State unveils final design for Robert Moses Parkway - South project

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Updated at 2 p.m.:

The state has published the final designs for taking out a 1-mile section of the Robert Moses Parkway along the upper Niagara River and replacing it with a more pedestrian-friendly "Riverway."

From John Daly Boulevard into Niagara Falls State Park, the parkway will be removed and replaced with two lanes for slower traffic. There will also be other changes, including new paths, crosswalks and nature areas aimed at allowing easier access to the waterfront. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

The above rendering is courtesy of Hatch Mott MacDonald. Here's the report (the appendices were not posted online, but are available at the state park and Niagara Falls Public Library, the state said):

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed new garbage and recycling law at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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AAA tour bus to advertise Niagara Falls

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A tour bus is being used as the latest promotional vehicle for Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. and the AAA of Western and Central New York have partnered to advertise the Falls on a motor coach used by AAA's Horizon Club Tours.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

Last updated: July 2, 9:56 a.m. 

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 117 in City Hall. This meeting has been canceled because a quorum would not be present.

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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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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.

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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

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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