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    Former Snow Park Gets New Life

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    From WIVB CHannel 7 in Buffalo:

    The site of the former Snow Park in Niagara Falls is getting new life again. Smokin Joe Anderson scrapped the Snow Park idea and created a Native American themed destination. Now a report in this week’s Business First says he plans to put athletic fields on the site.

    The outdoor rink is now a lacrosse and soccer complex. Anderson is also working with the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on plans to turn the vacant Tele-Tech building on First Street into a retail complex.

    Chain restaurants drawn to Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Many people who work and play in downtown Niagara Falls were pleasantly surprised to see a TGI Fridays open in the Sheraton at the Falls hotel in June.

    But Faisal Merani saw the move coming. The Canadian hotelier soon announced his own plans to fill a major gap in downtown dining with a key component: more chains.

    “We just had one open up, but I think the city could do five or six more without blinking an eye,” Merani recently told the city’s development board.

    His plans to attract a chain restaurant to his Holiday Inn at First Street and Buffalo Avenue, along with the DiCienzo family’s renovation of the Sheraton property, has local officials noting advantages and drawbacks of chain restaurants.

    The chains also have tourism and development officials pointing at a steadily expanding downtown hotel market that has caught the interest of major developers from Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Falls hotel to get funds for retail, restaurant

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A Canadian hotelier currently refurbishing two Buffalo Avenue hotels will receive $1.1 million in city and state money to bring retail and possibly a chain restaurant to one of them.

    Faisal Merani plans to spend $3.8 million to expand the restaurant and retail area of his Holiday Inn at First Street and Buffalo Avenue, near the Rainbow Boulevard roundabout downtown.

    Auction of former Hotel Niagara goes to Vancouver bidder for $1.25 million

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A 30-year-old Vancouver man placed the winning $1.25 million bid for the former Hotel Niagara at an auction Tuesday.

    Jamil Kara said he plans to turn the 12-story building at Rainbow Boulevard and First Street downtown into a boutique hotel and condominiums.

    Kara, who was one of 10 qualified bidders, said that he has been in the condo and hotel business for about seven years and that his development group owns several high-rises in the British Columbia city.

    He said he also was involved in the Film Work Lofts, a recently completed project in Hamilton, Ont.

    Group wants to remove part of Robert Moses Parkway

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    From the Buffalo News:

    An environmental group wants to use Niagara River Greenway money to develop a Niagara Gorge restoration plan that would remove the Robert Moses Parkway.

    Wild Ones Niagara, the local branch of an organization with chapters in 12 states, has sought the endorsement of the Niagara River Greenway Commission for its project in the commission’s current round of review.

    The proposal — the scope of which extends along the gorge from Main and First streets in Niagara Falls to Center Street in Lewiston — would “identify the current imbalances within the ecological and man-made environments” and “further identify transportation patterns compatible with ecological restoration,” according to the group’s application to the commission.

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