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.”
From the Buffalo News:
A new restaurant opened two weeks ago in the Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls, a hotel on Rainbow Boulevard.
Twisted Olives, 333 Rainbow Blvd., boasts some of the roomiest patios downtown, with a total of 135 feet of patios stretching along two sides of the building.
Despite its hotel location, the restaurant has so far drawn many Niagara Falls residents, said Kristen Clark, managing partner.
From Niagara This Week:
Note: The article includes a nice rendering of the position of the theatre and how it would obstruct the view from the Hilton.
City politicians do not want to see a new theatre built at Fallsview Casino, where a staff report showed the building’s height would obscure views of the Horseshoe Falls from various hotels overlooking the cataract.
On Tuesday, council backed the report from staff, asking it not to support a request from one of four proponents vying to win the bid to build a 5,000-seat theatre in Niagara Falls. The proponent, a Quebec-based consortium, has proposed to build the theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort, which is on land owned by the provincial government.
The proponent is looking to build the theatre over top of the bus area at the rear of Fallsview
From a Marketwired press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:
For the first time, Niagara Falls Fireworks will move to daily displays five days a week this spring, summer and early fall season, in addition to special holiday editions throughout the year. The Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls hotel puts guests front and center for the celebration. Read More…
From Travelers Today:
Tourists who would like to enjoy the natural wonders of the Niagara Falls, may now also indulge in contemporary and upscale lodging, thanks to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The $30 million hotel is one of Hilton’s 13 market-leading brands. The hotel, which had been under construction for more than a year and a half, has already began taking reservations for January 1.
The nine-story property is just a short walk from the breathtaking Niagara Falls. The property offers 192 modern and luxurious rooms, many overlooking the Upper Niagara River.
From Niagara Falls Review:
For High Valley singer Brad Rempel, it was a far cry from his last visit to Niagara Falls.
Before hitting the stage at Queen Victoria Park on New Year’s Eve, he recalled being so broke he stayed in a dingy hotel room that didn’t have a phone or TV, “ and had knife stab marks in the door to the bathroom.”
This time? While walking around the Falls with his family he came across a poster of himself: “That was cool.”
Midway through the band’s set, he soaked it all in. “This is easily the best view from the stage we’ve ever had.”
I know it is only the 23rd of December today, but I’m pretty sure I’m done posting for the year. I’m off now until the first week of January and will be enjoying a break with my family.
2016 was a difficult year for the blog and website. I was tempted on numerous occasions to just give up and not do it anymore, but I got a new burst of energy over the last month and the traffic is going back up again. I hope to continue this into the new year.
2017 is going to bring one of the coolest new developments in recent memory… the new go-kart track on Clifton Hill. It’ll be interesting to see how that turns out. There are still plans by numerous companies for new hotels, but I doubt any of them will be started in 2017. There still seems to be a glut of hotel rooms in the city, so the various operators are focusing on improving their existing attractions and adding new ones.
Thanks for all that you do to support the blog and website. Of course, the best thing you can do is share pages, Facebook posts or tweets that link to the site. As more people visit, I’ll have greater opportunities to enlarge the site, visit more attractions, and write more.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Expansion plans by the Pillar and Post Inn and Spa that include development of the former C and C Yachts property next door were given the go-ahead by Niagara-on-the-Lake councillors Monday.
Official plan and zoning bylaw amendments would allow for increasing the size of the existing hotel on John Street and a mix of private and public uses for the Regent Street site, including an outdoor event area, conference and administration buildings, a parking garage and an extensively landscaped park.