From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
Niagara County and Niagara Falls leaders have received the results of a study about the feasibility of building a new multi-use convention center in the city.
Its takeaways: Downtown development needs to grow to sustain a bigger convention center, and the best option would be to expand and modify the existing one.
“The county wanted to see if this was feasible for Niagara Falls, and it looks like at this point that wouldn’t be the way to go,” said Jason Zona, a Niagara County Legislator.
From Buffalo Business First:
Niagara Falls and surroundings are defined worldwide by just two words: Niagara Falls. But there’s more to the western region of Niagara County, from Artpark in Lewiston to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls. Municipalities include Lewiston, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Wilson.
The article then goes on to list them all and their value.
From the Niagara Gazette:
Why does the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls develop so much better than the American-side?…
Suddenly, even though neither one of us had made a single step, we both had found ourselves instead of a simple mile away from the Canadian border, we were now may have well been out on the Mexican desert, so far away from yet another reason why the Canadian side looks like it looks in development, and why the American side is little more than the butt of a bad joke.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Despite facing hurdles to get a $1.5-billion development off the ground in Niagara Falls, the chairwoman of the company behind the proposal remains confident the project will eventually move ahead.
“My vision to this project, and to the future of the project, has never been changed,” Helen Chang, chairwoman and chief executive officer of GR (CAN) Investment Co., Ltd., told The Niagara Falls Review through a translator.
Chang said she “doesn’t believe this project will die for any kind of reason.”
As you are probably aware, the two May holiday weekends (Victoria Day weekend in Canada, Memorial Day weekend in the US) marks the unofficial start of the summer tourists season here in Niagara Falls. I haven’t heard or read anything specific about what sort of business levels people are expecting this year, but I would definitely assume that people will continue to flock to Niagara Falls.
- The zipline will have a full summer in operation
- The Big Top attraction on Clifton Hill will open
- The new developments by Kelsey’s will open (Niagara Speedway, Funnel Cakes, etc)
- The Canadian dollar is weaker, so more Americans should be coming
Here’s hoping it is a great year for everyone!
They have been making great progress on the new “Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze” attraction on Clifton Hill. Yesterday the scaffolding was still up and the building was covered. Today, it is now uncovered and looks great!
Have you been down to Clifton Hill lately in Niagara Falls? If not, then you are missing out on seeing a lot of the developments really taking shape. The most notable one is the go-kart track being made on the Clifton Hill/Victoria Ave property owned by HOCO Entertainment & Resort. The spiral of the track and the ramp look fantastic!
From the Daily Commercial News:
The architectural drawings look stunning but groundbreaking for the $500-million, 1.3-million-square-foot River Road Niagara Falls Luxury Resort project remains a couple of years away at least as the project partners continue to piece together a development plan.
The project will see a pair of luxury highrise hotels, 61 and 60 storeys tall, along with such other amenities as high-end retail and restaurants, a 25,000-square-foot spa, conference support facilities, entertainment, observation decks and even a chapel, built near downtown in the River Road, Hiram Street and Blondin Avenue district.
This project was announced 5 years ago (see here and here), and there has still been 0 progress on it.
You can read my other posts about Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze here, here, here and here.