From the Niagara Gazette:
A plan is in the works to build a 57-story hotel and two more high-rise buildings on a prime piece of real estate overlooking the Horseshoe Falls in Canada.
The developer maintains that the project being proposed for the property which has been home to the Loretto Christian Life Centre for 148 years will provide patrons with a glorious view and jobs for perhaps as many as 1,000 people.
Opponents fear construction of high-rise building so near the Falls will have profound implications for the natural environment of the surrounding area and could detract from the experience of Americans and American visitors looking across the river to Canada.
Someone wrote a letter to the editor of the Niagara Falls Review:
Thumbs up to councillors Diodati, Ioannoni, Kerrio, Maves, Pietrangelo and Mayor Ted Salci for voting with their heads and not their emotions in supporting the proposed Loretto Hotel Project…
It’s encouraging to see that we have a majority on city council that use common sense.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The Loretto property, a treasured, historic site overlooking the falls is a suitable location for three high-rise hotels, city council says.
They granted hotelier Tony Zappitelli’s request to put three skyscrapers – a 57-storey hotel and 42- and 32-storey towers that could either be hotels or condominiums – on a 7.4-acre site on Stanley Avenue.
But he has to preserve and restore the Loretto Christian Life Centre, which served as a convent, religious school and spiritual centre in its 148-year history.