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    Former arena to be demolished for Titanic museum?

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    This goes along with my posting from last week

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena could be demolished and replaced with a museum dedicated to — and modeled after — the Titanic.

    The city’s committee of adjustment approved an application from businessman David van Velzen this week for minor variances to a bylaw that would allow for a new facility to be built in the shape of the historic British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg.

    The Centre Street building, which most recently housed a sand sculpture attraction, was put up for sale in November 2014.

    Engineering for Victoria Avenue work approved

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city is moving ahead with planning for phase two of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue.

    Council approved $365,000 for engineering design work for the next phase, and city staff will prepare construction cost estimates for council’s consideration in the 2017 budget.

    The first phase — a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street — began in the spring and is expected to be completed by early December.

    Work stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season, and resumed after Labour Day.

    Victoria Avenue work requires extra $230K

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Council approved an additional $230,000 to complete the first phase of a streetscape project along Victoria Avenue.

    The extra expense will come out of the city’s capital holding reserve fund and will address unanticipated intersection work, as well as additional consultant services.

    Earlier this year, council entered into a cost-sharing arrangement with the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Association for a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street. The city agreed to a strict construction timeline, at the request of the BIA.

    Construction began this spring, but stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season. Work is scheduled to resume after Labour Day, and is expected to be mostly completed by November.

    Victoria Avenue ‘really needs some attention’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Long-awaited streetscape improvements along Victoria Avenue are set to begin.

    City council awarded a $3-million contract to Rankin Construction this week for the first phase of the project, which will go from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street.

    It will see new sidewalks, curbs, streetlights, as well as sewer repairs, road resurfacing and tree planting.

    David Antonsen, landscape architect and project manager for the city, said the project is scheduled to start during the week of May 9.

    Council approved the project, at the request of the Victoria Centre business improvement association, during its Jan. 26 meeting, and awarded the construction contract to the St. Catharines company on Tuesday night.

    Businesses excited for Victoria Avenue revamp

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has been a long-time coming.

    Businesses along Victoria Avenue say they are looking forward to the streetscape improvements approved recently by Niagara Falls city council.

    “It’s going to improve the look of the street and I’m all for it,” said Andrew Vergalito, owner of the Italian Ice Cream business on Victoria Avenue, near Highway 420.

    Victoria Avenue, from that intersection to Clifton Hill/Centre Street, will undergo a $3.5-million facelift starting in the spring.

    Council approved the project, at the request of the Victoria Centre business improvement association, during its Jan. 26 meeting.

    Moody Mother Nature doesn’t dampen annual Museums Dollar Day for Cystic Fibrosis

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Despite some moodiness from Mother Nature, the annual Museums Dollar Day for Cystic Fibrosis was “a smashing success”, according to organizer Nancy Clayton.

    “It took a few years off my life, worrying about the weather,” Clayton said with a laugh.

    What started out as a rainy day with a few breaks in the weather grew wintrier as the day wore on. By mid afternoon it had begun to snow, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from checking out attractions on Clifton Hill and area, even with some long lineups.

    “I was at Movieland (Wax Museum) and you could tell the weather by what people had on,” Clayton said. “By 3 p.m. people had snow on them.”

    Justina Fife of Niagara Falls has lived in the area all of her life and had never visited the museums. She was impressed by what she saw at the Rock Legends Wax Museum on Centre Street.

    “I just wanted to try them out,” she said.

    And she said she liked what she saw at Rock Legends.

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    Bakery building burns

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate a blaze that destroyed the King David Bakery and Cafe early Monday morning on Centre Street, a short distance from Clifton Hill.

    Members of the Niagara Falls fire department received a call at about 12:50 a. m., of heavy smoke coming from the back of a building at 5061 Centre St., near Ellen Avenue.

    “The building was pretty involved by the time we arrived on scene,” said Ben Trendle, a fire prevention officer with the Niagara Falls Fire Department.

    “It appears that the cinder block walls gave way and the roof collapsed.”

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