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    Cuomo preparing to expand state park by seizing private property?

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    Was the recent proposal by Niagara Falls Redevelopment to build a $205 million hotel on the site of the long-vacant Native American Center for the Living Arts, better known as “the Turtle,” designed to fend off a proposal by the state to seize it and other downtown properties under eminent domain?
    Documents made available to the Niagara Falls Reporter and sources with knowledge of the state’s plan indicate that might be the case. In addition to the Turtle, other parcels being targeted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo include the One Niagara building, the former Niagara Club and Mark Hamister’s nondescript Hyatt Place hotel – which is still under construction.

    Gov. Proposes Buying Downtown NF Properties

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    For the first time in a very long time, there are signs of life in downtown Niagara Falls.

    On Rainbow Boulevard, construction crews have been working around the clock to build Mark Hamister’s $35 million Hyatt Place hotel, set to open later this year. The world-famous Rainforest Café opened on Old Falls Street in 2015, and a few years before that, the downtown corridor welcomed the launch of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The Robert Moses Parkway, with its prime riverfront location, will be more accessible due to a reconfiguration project funded through the state’s Buffalo Billion investment program.

    In his State of the State speech last week at the University at Buffalo, Gov. Cuomo credited the state’s Buffalo Billion investment for creating $200 million in additional private-sector investment.

    Then, as he unveiled the second phase of the Buffalo Billion, the governor announced a proposal for even more state investment.

    “We’ll acquire underutilized property in downtown Niagara Falls,” Cuomo said. “So we can free up that land that has been locked up for too long and actually have productive commercial activity developed on it that capitalizes on the growth.”

    Falls hotel deal may be signed by Friday

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    The biggest non-casino project that Niagara Falls, NY has seen in 40 years is about to take a big step forward.

    Mayor Paul Dyster told city leaders Tuesday night the contract for the Hamister Hotel Project could be a done deal by this Friday. Mark Hamister wants to start construction early next year on a $25 million hotel and conference center on land that was last home to a hot air balloon ride.

    Hamister says new hotel will have banquet room overlooking Niagara Falls

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    From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

    Downtown visitors may have another view to enjoy after a proposed development project is completed.

    Mark Hamister, the CEO of the Hamister Group, said that his company’s planned hotel will have a top floor banquet room with access to a 5,000 square-foot patio overlooking the Niagara Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park.

    “We’re not going to just put the banquet center on the first floor in a box,” Hamister said. “We’re going to put the banquet center on the roof with windows.”

    Hamister says new hotel will have banquet room overlooking Niagara Falls

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    From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

    Downtown visitors may have another view to enjoy after a proposed development project is completed.

    Mark Hamister, the CEO of the Hamister Group, said that his company’s planned hotel will have a top floor banquet room with access to a 5,000 square-foot patio overlooking the Niagara Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park.

    Hotel Deal Still Stalled in Niagara Falls

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    And so it continues.

    After five weeks of recess, Tuesday’s city council meeting in Niagara Falls ended without a vote on the $25 million hotel proposal from developer Mark Hamister, once again stalling a project that could bring tens of millions of dollars to this struggling city.

    “I am just baffled,” Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti said. “We had 30 days. I assumed that after we came off a break, we’d be voting, I’ve literally spent the last 5 weeks of my life focused on this.”

    See also

    • WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo – Hamister hotel project again delayed
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