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    Gov. Proposes Buying Downtown NF Properties

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    For the first time in a very long time, there are signs of life in downtown Niagara Falls.

    On Rainbow Boulevard, construction crews have been working around the clock to build Mark Hamister’s $35 million Hyatt Place hotel, set to open later this year. The world-famous Rainforest Café opened on Old Falls Street in 2015, and a few years before that, the downtown corridor welcomed the launch of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The Robert Moses Parkway, with its prime riverfront location, will be more accessible due to a reconfiguration project funded through the state’s Buffalo Billion investment program.

    In his State of the State speech last week at the University at Buffalo, Gov. Cuomo credited the state’s Buffalo Billion investment for creating $200 million in additional private-sector investment.

    Then, as he unveiled the second phase of the Buffalo Billion, the governor announced a proposal for even more state investment.

    “We’ll acquire underutilized property in downtown Niagara Falls,” Cuomo said. “So we can free up that land that has been locked up for too long and actually have productive commercial activity developed on it that capitalizes on the growth.”

    Hornblower prepares for 2014 season

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The boats are under construction and Hornblower Niagara Cruises is already looking for people to hire for their first season of operation in 2014.

    From their temporary office on St. Clair Ave., in downtown Niagara Falls, Madalena Phillips and Maria Melo are busy working behind the scenes putting systems in place so that things will run smoothly when their company begins to ferry passengers in the lower Niagara River to the base of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Hotel Niagara Renovation Underway

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Work is underway to restore the Hotel Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY. The project has gotten some press lately. Now a report in this week’s Business First takes an in-depth look.

    Developer Harry Stinson is tackling the $24 million renovation. Some say it is a major piece of rebuilding downtown Niagara Falls.

    Senate candidates spar over Wallenda site remarks

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, believes the former site of a now-defunct helium balloon ride in downtown Niagara Falls would make the ideal spot for a proposed attraction involving Nik Wallenda.

    There is at least one potential hang up with his plan: The site, located at 310 Rainbow Blvd., is already being eyed by a Buffalo development company as a possible location for a new hotel and mixed-use building.

    Maziarz, who played an active role in helping Wallenda obtain the clearances needed for his June 15 walk across Niagara Falls, said this week he believes the property, often referred to as parcel 4, would be the ideal spot for what has been described as Wallenda’s “temporary” entertainment center on the American side.

    Hope for shuttered Hotel Niagara

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    If the building’s owner has his way, an historic hotel that has languished for years in downtown Niagara Falls will be reopened by next summer.

    Hamilton, Ont., developer Harry Stinson said Monday design work on his plan for a new-look Hotel Niagara is nearly completed and he’s expecting interior demolition to begin on site next month.

    The ‘Holiday’ has arrived for downtown Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Mark Rivers is calling it the “anti-mall.”

    While thousands of eager shoppers will be running through department stores and retail outlets Thanksgiving night and early Black Friday, the man behind the new Holiday Market in downtown Niagara Falls is encouraging his customers to take it easy, avoid the rush and get down to Old Falls Street whenever they feel good and ready.

    “We’re not open Thanksgiving night,” said Rivers, whose firm, Brix and Co., has put together the city’s inaugural 37-day holiday event. “Sleep in on Friday and enjoy a family fun and shopping day in the Falls.”

    The Falls version of a winter wonderland officially opens at noon on Friday. Billed as an American take on outdoor markets traditionally found in Europe, the Falls market will feature a mix of retail offerings, live performances and holiday activities.

    Queen Street Retail video

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    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:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mOdD5RNQHQ

    Niagara One to spruce up for tourists

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    From the Buffalo News:

    With the beginning of a new tourist season only a few months away, the owners of One Niagara plan to begin sprucing up the property as soon as next week.

    The building is in one of downtown’s most prominent locations.

    “We’re going to swing into operation right away; we’re ready to go now,” Niagara One President Tony Farina said Thursday. The city Planning Board approved a site plan for the property during a meeting Wednesday evening.

    “This is a good sign for the city. It’s very exciting, and it opens up a spark of hope for downtown Niagara Falls,” Farina said.

    Niagara casinos thinking green with trees

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More than a dozen new trees were planted along the Olympic Torch Run Legacy Trail in downtown Niagara Falls Friday, as part of Niagara Casinos’ green initiative.

    The first of the 14 trees was planted by Dave Brown, engineering shift manager with Niagara Casinos, who received the company’s first Green Leader Award for adopting environmental practices.

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