Tag: economic development

Reshaping Niagara’s scenic parkway

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From the Niagara Gazette:

For many years it served as a battleground of sorts in an at-times bitter community conversation about the value of the roadway.

Today, the parkway formerly known as Robert Moses has been renamed the Niagara Scenic Parkway and substantial portions on both the north and south ends have either been slated for large-scale changes or are already in the process of being reconfigured.

Financial support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative paved the way for new, multi-million-dollar parkway plans.

Building a better Niagara Falls

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This seems to be an op-ed by Andrew Touma, a member of the Niagara Falls, NY City Council:

When I ran to become a Niagara Falls city councilman three and half years ago, it was based on the premise of being honest, putting residents first and listening to them, and working together with all stakeholders to make Niagara Falls a better place to live, play and work. My campaign centered on improving economic development, and in turn, growing our job market.

Since 2014, we have effectively used casino dollars to generate economic development in Niagara Falls. In just over three years we have issued seven loans and 34 grants in the amount of $1,794,771.54 to a variety of businesses. In turn, private developers invested $44,403,659.53 toward the projects. Meanwhile, 208 full-time jobs were created in addition to 63 part-time jobs. That’s progress! Now we have the recent announcement of the $42 million project to create a new Hotel Niagara.

Halt development charges on new hotels: Thomson

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A suggestion from Niagara Falls Coun. Wayne Thomson the city and Niagara Region put a moratorium on development charges for new hotel developments is a “really interesting concept,” says regional chairman Alan Caslin.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Caslin told Thomson when he recently updated local politicians about several regional council activities.

“Development charges, as you know, are meant to offset the cost of the infrastructure in the ground and on the streets. Let’s look at it with a lens of what does that infrastructure cost, really, instead of just the cookie-cutter development charge — what’s the real cost of that infrastructure, and is that substantially less than what they would have paid, and is that a benefit that we might be able to afford through economic development.”…

Thomson said Niagara Falls has 27 hotel development projects on the books “that have been approved and ready to go,” but have not proceeded.

Casino operator controversy in Niagara

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From the St Thomas Times Journal:

Niagara’s mayor and regional chairman have asked the province to scrap plans to select new operators for the region’s two casinos.

In a letter to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, Mayor Jim Diodati and Niagara Regional Chairman Alan Caslin asked the government to terminate an ongoing request for pre-qualification and request for proposal process for a new service provider for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino. Read More…

Falls mayor says region is poised for growth

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From the Buffalo News:

Supporters of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster insist his big-picture perspective is what’s needed in a city long plagued by blight and controversy. His critics have challenged many of his priorities and policies.

Dyster sat down with The Buffalo News’ Brian Meyer to discuss economic development, efforts to bolster tourism and upcoming discussions about whether the region should build a new stadium. Here is a summary of some of the issues covered in an interview that is part of the “In Focus” series.

Speedway developer optimistic after OMB hearing

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From Niagara This Week:

The $400-million Canadian Motor Speedway project met its latest challenge Thursday as arguments were heard in an appeal of an Ontario Municipal Board decision green-lighting the project were heard in Toronto.

Azhar Mohammad, the project’s executive director, said the day-long hearing went well and he’s looking forward to a positive decision in short order.

“Fantastic and as we anticipated,” Mohammad told Bullet News when reached for comment late Thursday evening.

Cuomo: New York ‘is living up to’ casino deal

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From the Buffalo News:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that New York State “is living up to” the agreement it signed a decade ago permitting Indian casinos in Western New York.

In town last week for a series of economic development announcements, Cuomo was asked what happens to Niagara Falls if the state loses its arbitration battle with the Seneca Nation of Indians, who feel the state has violated the terms of the deal by allowing “racinos” in the Southtowns.

Investigative Post: Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney interviewed Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster on the impact of the Wallenda walk, the numerous challenges faced by Niagara Falls, and how the standoff between state and Seneca Nation officials is costing the city money that would otherwise be helping to promote economic development.

Wallenda negotiating media coverage for wire walk

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From the Buffalo News:

The date for Nik Wallenda’s tightrope walk across Niagara Falls will be decided in the next two weeks after negotiations with major television networks, Wallenda’s manager said Friday.

Wallenda’s management team is in “very deep discussions” with the networks, which have expressed interest in filming the 1,800-foot walk across the Niagara Gorge and preceding training sessions.

“We’re hoping for a two-hour prime-time special that will essentially star two major outlets: Nik and Niagara Falls,” manager Winston Simone said at a marketing meeting held in Niagara County’s Center for Economic Development.

Schumer Puts Shoulder Behind Wheel To Remove Robert Moses parkway

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From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

The Robert Moses Parkway has long been viewed by some as a “concrete moat” between the city and its riverfront, and thus an impediment to potential economic development.

But for just as long, its proposed removal has been mired in red tape according Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

“Sometimes people call it the ‘Peace Bridge’ of Niagara Falls,” Dyster remarked, in reference to the now decade long debate over building a new international border crossing between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ont.

On Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) came to Niagara Falls to announce his support for the effort to remove the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Main Street and replace it with a park road, improving pedestrian access between the city’s South End tourist district and the waterfront, in hopes of sparking economic growth.

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