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    Niagara Falls Looks to Develop Outdoor Recreation Activities

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    From US News and World Report:

    New York state wants to give tourists more to do when they visit Niagara Falls State Park and is asking developers to come forward with plans.

    Officials say they’re looking for a major private investment to improve hiking, biking, climbing, fishing and other outdoor activities along the Niagara River so that visitors to the falls will stay longer.

    A year of missed deadlines for Canadian Motor Speedway project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The perpetually delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project in Fort Erie has closed out another year without meeting any of its own deadlines.

    Early in 2016, the developers behind the speedway project claimed they would be doing “site alterations” in the fall to prepare the land for development, but that never happened. They also committed to securing a building permit for the massive $400-million development by “the end of 2016”. However, that also did not happen.

    No shovels hit the ground in 2016, and no building permit was issued because the developers have still failed to acquire all the necessary land.

    Failed land purchase adds more delays to speedway project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The long-delayed Canadian Motor Speedway appears to have hit yet another snag on the road to development, but those behind the project remain tight-lipped about any further setbacks. Three key properties which must be purchased before a building permit can be issued remain out of the hands of the developers, and according to sources, contract negotiations with the landowners have broken off.

    The first firm construction timeline given by the CMS developers came shortly after their successful Ontario Municipal Board trial in 2013. At that time, the developers said groundbreaking would begin in “late 2014” and the track would be “race-ready in 2016.” Numerous updated timelines for construction were offered in the ensuing years, all of which have come and gone without any shovels hitting the ground. Although some preliminary work was done two years ago on nearby land, no progress has been made on the track itself.

    The reason those shovels have yet to hit the ground is because the developers of the speedway have yet to purchase the necessary ground with which to put those shovels into.

    Niagara Falls Five Years Later: Limited Progress

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (including video):

    Five years ago, 2 On Your Side’s Scott Brown produced an Emmy-award winning special that comparied Niagara Falls, New York with Niagara Falls, Canada.

    At that time, we reported how on our side of the Falls, decades of bad decisions, inaction by out of town developers, and a lack of focus on tourism had left Niagara Falls, New York destitute and with few tourist attractions.

    We decided to go back to the Falls to see what’s changed, and what has not over these last five years.

    In the first of two reports, Scott looks at what changes for the better have happened over these last five years.

    Speedway launches petition for support

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    From Niagara This Week:

    After hitting a series of roadblocks following approval from the Ontario Municipal Board, developers behind the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway have turned to an online petition to rally support for the project.

    Since receiving OMB approval last month, the Speedway has faced an appeal of that decision from a local environmental group, and two crucial land acquisition deals — a necessary component for any progress — have been aborted.

    Questions still surround proposed Fort Erie speedway

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    From the Toronto Star (Wheels.ca):

    Another hurdle has been cleared by the developers of the proposed Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie.

    On Monday, the Ontario Municipal Board rejected all appeals against the planned speedway, which will include a one-mile paved oval track with seating for 65,000 spectators plus a road course.

    Good luck to them. There are still some hoops to jump through – completion of environmental reports, that sort of thing – but the green light seems to be getting closer.

    Falls starting to make development gains

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A group of tourists on their way to Niagara Falls a decade ago would first notice the crumbling city streets.

    Then came the seedy hotels and shuttered attractions of a ghostly downtown.

    It looked nothing like the kind of place millions of world travelers flock to each year.

    But as Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy cuts the ribbon this morning on Niagara County Community College’s $30 million Culinary Institute Niagara Falls, the landscape has changed considerably.

    It doesn’t match the scale of development in Canada, and most acknowledge that the city is years away from realizing its potential.

    But after decades of staying away, successful developers are finally becoming interested in the American side of the falls.

    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.

    N.F., Ont., inn gets new life as Wyndham


    From Buffalo Business First:

    The former Stanley Inn, once a landmark hotel on Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls, Ont., will be reborn as the city’s first Wyndham Hotel .

    Local developers are investing $7.5 million to renovate it into a nine-story, 152-suite hotel that will open next year. Located in the city’s Fallsview business district, it is near the recently opened Scotiabank Convention Centre and also close to Fallsview Casino Resort. The Stanley Inn has been vacant for more than five years.

    As you know, I have reported on the construction on this site for months. However, I had no idea it was going to be a Wyndham property. Why don’t these companies put signs up to get the name out there. I would have included it in every posting if I had known. Seems like a missed opportunity…

    Queen Street Retail video


    Regular visitor Dan let me know about this.

    It isn’t in the main tourist districts of Clifton Hill or Fallsview, but downtown Niagara Falls (Queen Street) is becoming more of a destination for people. I’m not sure exactly who is in charge of what, but a group out of Maryland has created a marketing video for the district to attract developers and tenants. You can see it on YouTube or below:


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