Tag: Infrastructure

$7M Casino Niagara project underway

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Casino Niagara has started the next phase of a $7-million investment it says will “deliver an elevated” gaming and entertainment experience for all visitors.

The current phase of the project focuses on a transformation of the second level into a destination for sports fans, food enthusiasts, entertainment seekers and visitors.

Completion is scheduled for this fall.

The project includes a $3.5 million spend on infrastructure and redesign for a fresh entertainment experience that greets visitors as they walk through the doors.

An additional $3.5 million is being invested in technology and gaming, to offer guests the next generation of gaming.

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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.

WFOL grows in illuminations, visitors in 2015-16

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

This past season provided a “perfect recipe” for the Winter Festival of Lights to “really shine,” says program director Tina Myers.

“Fabulous” weather, a favourable U.S. currency exchange and the investment of $2 million into lighting, infrastructure and new technology ensured the festival “kicked butt” in 2015-16, she said.

The festival saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of vehicles that drove through Dufferin Islands this past season between Nov. 21 and Jan. 31.

That means 61,551 vehicles passed through Dufferin Islands, which saw a large lighting expansion and is the festival’s primary point of interaction with visitors, compared to 43,189 in 2014-15.

“We broke a record,” said Myers, adding the previous record at Dufferin Islands was 59,000 vehicles in 2006.

“We are extremely happy about that.”

Infrastructure funding needed for speedway

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From Bullet News Niagara:

The Canadian Motor Speedway is moving ahead even though an approximate $60-million commitment from the provincial government that would cover costs of needed infrastructure improvements in the area of the 823-acre project in Fort Erie has not been provided.

The widening of thoroughfares in the area of the proposed project and the reconstruction of the Bowen Road QEW interchange all need to be completed for the $400-million development to continue moving ahead at full speed.

The $60 million figure is subject to change as the process unfolds.

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