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    Seven plans offered for Falls site

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The city whose reputation as a honeymoon capital is often overshadowed by its reputation for urban decay is poised to get its first major downtown development — outside of the Seneca Niagara Casino — in some 30 years.

    City and state officials have confirmed that seven developers submitted proposals for a 38,000-square-foot site at 310 Rainbow Blvd.

    While details of the specific plans were not released, officials said they would like to see a mixed-use building rise on the site to fill the unmet downtown demand for retail, food, beverage, residential and hotel space around the falls.

    Council plans vote on deal to demolish glass walkway

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Take a walk down Old Falls Street, and you’ll see plenty of state-built infrastructure designed to spur private development. Largely missing are the type of walk-up storefronts suited for pedestrians and tourists.

    City officials, after stalled efforts this summer, hope the demolition of a downtown eyesore will help fix that.

    The City Council on Tuesday will vote on an agreement for $25,500 worth of engineering demolition work to be completed by LiRo Engineers of Buffalo. The work would be the first step in the demolition of a vacant glass walkway adjacent to the former TeleTech call center building on Third Street.

    The obsolete walkway, which runs west of TGI Friday’s along Old Falls Street, has long been viewed by city officials as an obstacle to development along the cobblestone walkway.

    “By eliminating that glass hallway, it opens up a lot of opportunities,” said Council Chairman Sam Fruscione.

    Wallenda to meet with park, city officials about performance over gorge

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Nik Wallenda is scheduled to meet with state officials today to discuss the progress of his plan to perform a high-wire walk over the Niagara Gorge.

    Wallenda will discuss the logistical aspects of the proposed wire walk with representatives from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Park Police and the Niagara Falls police and fire departments.

    After the private meeting, Wallenda is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. at the Top of the Falls Restaurant to offer an update on his plans.

    “This meeting is an opportunity to discuss the logistical aspects of how Wallenda’s high-wire walk could work,” said state Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, who organized the meeting. “This is a time to get questions answered and concerns addressed. I’m confident we can overcome any perceived difficulties with the walk by keeping an open dialogue and communicating our needs.”

    WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo also has an article/video about the meeting.

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