Category: Niagara Falls New York

    Hotel project gets unusual tax break

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency granted an unusual tax break Thursday that will allow a Canadian company to avoid property taxes for five years on a Niagara Falls hotel to help it buy and rebuild the closed facility.

    The developer, Merani Hospitality, must meet certain levels of investment to receive the full tax break for five years on the former Fallside Hotel at 401 Buffalo Ave.

    The tax break is also tied to another project by the same hotelier to buy and reopen the former Inn on the River at 7001 Buffalo Ave.

    Consultant brought back to refocus marketing strategy for city’s tourism

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. has brought back a consultant who helped start the agency six years ago to refocus its marketing strategy for the future.

    The strategic marketing plan will attempt to pin down exactly who visits Niagara Falls and what markets should be pursued, corporation President John Percy said Monday.

    It will be the first time the agency has undertaken a full review of its marketing plan by an outside consultant since it started.

    Canadian group eyes two Falls hotels

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency is considering tax breaks to help a Canadian company reopen two Niagara Falls hotels.

    The IDA board accepted applications Wednesday from the Merani Group of Companies, based in Niagara Falls, Ont., for payment-in-lieu of taxes arrangements, or PILOTs, to help it buy the former Inn on the River and the former Fallside Inn.

    In both cases, the Merani Group asked for 15-year PILOTs, but in the case of the Fallside, which may be demolished in whole or in part, the IDA voted to offer as many as five years fully tax-free instead of making the company pay a percentage of the full taxable value.

    View from 9th floor gets judge’s clearance

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A ninth-floor observation deck in One Niagara on Rainbow Boulevard is open to the public after a judge’s ruling allowed the building’s manager to sidestep approval from the city to open the top floor.

    Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. on Thursday issued an order to allow the building’s ninth floor to open while its manager, Frank Parlato Jr., seeks new site plan approval for the building and a certificate of occupancy for the ninth floor…

    The upper rapids in the Niagara River and a sliver of the falls can be seen from the building’s top floor, as well as bird’s-eye views of Niagara Falls State Park and downtown Niagara Falls.

    Summer snowboarding draws top amateurs

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The nation may have just finished celebrating its Independence Day, but there are a good number of people whose idea of fun in the sun includes a trip to a winter wonderland that has snow-covered hills and a skating pond.

    Those folks can now indulge themselves to their heart’s content in summertime heat. In an area that gets a bad rap for its winter weather, it’s all snow all the time at Snow Park Niagara Falls — except the blustery conditions currently are on ice.

    Snow Park, which already held its grand-opening gala June 20 — in the rain no less — will hold an even bigger coming out party Thursday night when the venue plays host to a top amateur snowboarding competition, the Red Bull Butter Cup.

    New place to chill in Niagara Falls

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    WIVB has information (including a video) about the new Snow Park in Niagara Falls, NY:

    The hottest new place to chill is now open for business.

    Snow Park in Niagara Falls held its official grand opening Saturday.

    The park features a skating rink, tubing hill and play zone made of real snow.

    Wintergarden could see new life elsewhere

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Window by window, the asymmetrical Wintergarden on Rainbow Boulevard is coming down.

    But there is still potential for new life for the atrium’s steel frame — potential, at least, in another location.

    George Churakos, president of contractor Mark Cerrone Inc., said the company has been contacted by “interested developers” who want to purchase the pieces of the steel atrium to reassemble.

    Falls Wintergarden Demolition Begins

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    From WGRZ (channel 2 in Buffalo):

    It was once seen as a crown jewel in the urban renewal effort undertaken in Niagara Falls, New York in the mid 1970’s.

    But unlike the fanfare which marked its opening 32 years ago, there were no crowds gathered to watch as demolition crews began razing the Wintergarden, …the downtown indoor arboretum once featured in Life Magazine.

    Mint says law won’t allow Niagara Falls on new quarter series

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most iconic natural landmarks. Gov. David A. Paterson and Sen. Charles E. Schumer think the cascading falls would make an ideal pick to grace New York’s quarter in the upcoming America’s Beautiful National Parks quarters series.

    But the U. S. Mint says no.

    That’s because Niagara Falls is a state park, not a national park.

    60 stories would be height limit within Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A new system of tiered building heights proposed for the downtown commercial district would allow buildings as tall as 60 stories on some blocks under a newly revised set of proposed zoning codes.

    Allowing even taller buildings on some city streets closest to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel was an attempt to strike a balance between an earlier proposal approved by the Planning Board and concerns from the City Council about restricting downtown development.

    The previous proposal would have allowed buildings as tall as 30 stories on some blocks — 10 stories taller than what is currently permitted — but was criticized by some as placing too many limitations on building heights.

    “I think that this is an excellent compromise,” said Planning Board member Michael F. Lewis.

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