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    Leaders weigh in on Falls convention center study

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    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.

    State taking look at properties in downtown Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Underused or vacant properties are not exactly new in downtown Niagara Falls.

    In fact, some of the parcels now being eyed by the state as part of an acquisition plan referenced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January have been out of public circulation for quite some time now.

    Under Cuomo’s Strategic Land Acquisition Program the state has targeted several dozen properties near Niagara Falls State Park for redevelopment.

    The idea is to reactive what officials have described as key parcels on the outskirts of Niagara Falls State Park.

    Niagara Falls seeks proposals for outdoor winter activities

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    While Western New Yorkers are still enjoying the warmth of summer, the City of Niagara Falls is looking for some fun new outdoor activities to offer to residents and visitors this winter — especially those that involve ice skating.

    On Monday, the Niagara Falls Community Development Department released a news release requesting winter outdoor activity providers to come forward with ideas for three downtown lots. They would like each idea submitted via a Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be accessed here: www.nf-cd.org/rfp

    The $205 million Falls hotel that no one wants to talk about

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Niagara Falls Redevelopment has submitted a plan for a $205 million hotel in downtown Niagara Falls.

    Normally, city officials said, such a large project would be announced with plenty of hype. But in this case, the plans were simply dropped off at the city planning office on a Friday afternoon.

    “Usually, when somebody proposes a $200 million anything, there’s a lot of fanfare,” city Planning Director Thomas DeSantis said. “Read into that what you will. It’s odd. It’s clearly unconventional.”

    Niagara Falls trolley service starts today (this past Friday)

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    The Niagara Falls Trolley will begin service to guests staying in participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels starting today.

    Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

    Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. Trolley stops in downtown Niagara Falls are located at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Boulevard, and Buffalo Avenue.

    Redesigning around GO

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    In addition to the economic, real-estate and quality-of-life benefits year-round GO train service is expected to bring to Niagara Falls when it arrives in 2023, it also provides an opportunity to redevelop the area surrounding the downtown station.

    Denise Landry, a planner with Niagara Region, presented council with an update on the Niagara Falls GO hub and transit station study project Tuesday evening.

    The purpose of the study is to prepare key deliverables for each station area in Niagara, such as the VIA rail station on Bridge Street in downtown Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls hotel owner may build another hotel next door

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The owners of the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in downtown Niagara Falls have acquired the neighboring lot and may build another hotel there. Read More…

    Funny business down in the gorge

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    With help from some friends, Niagara comedian David Green has found the funny side to being lost in the woods.

    Or at least the Niagara Gorge. Last fall, Green and a camera crew headed into the steep, often dangerous area near the Niagara River to film the “thrillarious” comedy Gorge. Read More…

    Niagara Falls tourism leaders want to bring back Festival of Lights

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Festival of Lights used to draw thousands to downtown in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to its convention center and Winter Garden.

    Both the convention center and Winter Garden are long gone, and so is the Festival of Lights.

    But in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Winter Festival of Lights continues to grow and draw tourists. The Ontario festival says it attracts more than one million visitors each year.

    Lisa Vitello, Tourism Advisory Board chairman, said Monday she traveled to Ontario’s festival earlier this month. She returned feeling bad about the loss of the festival in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

    Officials want feasibility study on new event center in Niagara Falls, NY

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    Leaders in Niagara Falls want to build a new convention and event center downtown. The center would be much larger than the current one on Old Falls Street. Officials say they’re currently waiting for the state to sign off on a feasibility study.

    New York State Asemblyman John Ceretto said, “Once they approve it, which I hope is soon, it will go to the power proceed board and they will allocate the funding and our estimate is, we are talking about $150,000 for a study. We are not talking about a huge amount of money.”

    Before 2002, the City of Niagara Falls had a much larger convention center, which is now the Seneca-Niagara Casino. The replacement for the old convention center on Old Falls Street is much smaller.

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