Category: Niagara Falls New York

    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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