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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.

    The $205 million Falls hotel that no one wants to talk about

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    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.”

    Fixing the Falls: Hoping for a development

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Niagara Falls Redevelopment.

    For many years, candidates seeking elected office in the city of Niagara Falls have been asked how they would advise the city to deal with the company which, through its various affiliates, owns more than 400 parcels of prime real estate near the heart of downtown.

    This year’s crop of mayoral candidates and city council hopefuls generally agree more needs to be done from the city’s end to spur action within NFR’s development territory.

    The majority also said they would support a direct approach — simply sitting down with owner Howard Milstein or his associates and discussing why more hasn’t happened on NFR land and what more can be done from the city’s end to help move things along.

    Bergamo: ‘NFR is the last man standing’

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    From the Buffalo News:

    For more than a decade, Niagara Falls Redevelopment has been buying properties in downtown Niagara Falls, leaving residents to wonder what the company has planned for the land.

    The company, controlled by Howard Milstein, now controls roughly 85 acres.

    The following are full responses provided by Anthony Bergamo, chief executive officer of Niagara Falls Redevelopment, to questions from The News last week.

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