From the Niagara Falls Review:
Details of the $50-million people-mover project will not be released until next week.
Niagara Falls council was expected to discuss the final direction of the deal with the Niagara Parks Commission at a meeting Thursday at city hall.
The meeting was cancelled following a lengthy discussion on Wednesday between a provincial mediator and lawyers representing the city and Niagara Parks.
“We just ran out of time and we didn’t have a deal yet to present to the councillors,” Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati said Thursday.
Diodati said councillors were given a copy of the agreement Monday during an in-camera session of the regular council meeting.
Questions were raised about the agreement, so lawyers from both sides and the mediator returned to the table on Wednesday to further discuss the business terms of the agreement.
“Now, what was discussed (Wednesday) will get added in and that agreement we will present to council next week,” Diodati said.
The agreement is now scheduled to be presented to councillors on Thursday at city hall.
There has been some news over the last day or two about the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway near Fort Erie:
Niagara Falls Review – Road opening up for track
One of the largest private-sector projects ever proposed in Fort Erie is one step closer to being built.
The multi-million dollar Canadian Motor Speedway project will move ahead to the next stage after town council approved a zoning bylaw amendment Tuesday.
It’s still nowhere near the finish line, but project partner Jay Mason said council’s decision represents real progress.
Niagara This Week – Speedway on track for Fort Erie
The proposed Canadian Motor Speedway completed another lap Tuesday when a staff report called on town politicians to approve rezoning necessary for the project to continue to move forward.
Councillors unanimously approved the report at the regular council-in-committee meeting.
“We have more than scratched the surface but we still have a long road ahead,” community and development services director Rino Mostacci told councillors before they considered the report.
Niagara Falls Review – Speedway opponents worried town moving too fast
Officials with the Canadian Motor Speedway and those opposed to the project are willing to sit down to try to work out their differences.
“We will continue to apply an open-book policy as we proceed through the various stages of the development,” project manager Ken DePodesta said.
“We invite the opposition to the Canadian Motor Speedway to meet with us to share perspectives on our technical work so that a clear appreciation of what has always been our fundamental commitment towards complying with regulations and standards can be understood and acknowledged.”