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Council approves application for hotel towers

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

City council gave the green light on two, 38-storey and one, 56-storey hotel developments on Robinson Street that represent about $600 million worth of investment.

Canadian Niagara Hotels, the company behind the project, said each tower will cost between $180 million to $200 million, while the team’s agent, Michael Kirkland, told councillors Tuesday night it’s going to provide about 2,000 permanent, full-time jobs.

The three towers will provide more than 1,800 hotel rooms, meeting rooms, retail stores, restaurants, on-site surface parking, and parking garages.

“You’re getting close to what it cost to build the casino way back. You must have real confidence in Niagara Falls,” said Coun. Kim Craitor.

Three hotel towers planned for Robinson Street

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I posted about the public notice sign a few weeks ago

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Three high rise hotels could soon be added to the fallsview skyline.

Canadian Niagara Hotels has applied to the city for a zoning by-law amendment to allow for the development of a 56-storey hotel and two 35-storey hotels on Robinson Street.

The existing by-law allows for a 30-storey height limit, but taller buildings can be considered if no adverse impacts are created by the development such as shadowing on residential areas and green spaces and encroachments on the view of the falls.

Currently, the tallest hotel in the city is the 56-storey Hilton Hotel & Suites on Fallsview Boulevard. The nearby Embassy Suites Hotel has 43 storeys.

From preserving the past to embracing the future

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

When the Victoria Avenue branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library was built in 1974 it included the Sir Harry Oakes Room, an area filled with local history books and other paraphernalia.

Forty years later, the collection was relocated to a larger, climate-controlled area of the building in order to preserve the historic items.

Library staff soon realized the empty space would make an ideal location for a new digital media lab.

“As the library moves forward in the 21st century, we have identified the need and demand for improved technology access and training,” said Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, CEO and chief librarian.

“Our feeling was that we really wanted to empower the community by focusing on content creation.”

Over the past few months, the room has been transformed into the new Oakes Room Media Lab.

$7M upgrade at ‘here to stay’ Casino Niagara

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A $7-million upgrade to Casino Niagara expected to be completed by mid November is another example the facility — which originally was meant to be temporary — is “here to stay,” says Niagara Casinos president Richard Taylor.

“The property was starting to get a little bit tired, and it was in need of a rebuild, and that was sort of the impetus behind all of this, was the need to recreate what this property is, and to give the customers more of what it is that they’re looking for,” said Taylor.

“But it’s not just this current project. With our partnership with (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation), there’s been a $20-million investment in this property over the last couple of years, on the level upstairs, and a number of the other pieces of infrastructure here. So we’re approaching a $30-million investment at this property within the last couple of years. It’s a significant part of our business, and it’s here to stay.”

Falls becoming ‘entertainment capital of Canada’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The new 5,000-seat entertainment centre will be a catalyst for more development, and begin to position Niagara Falls as the “entertainment capital of Canada,” says Joe Dicosimo, president of Hospitality Resorts Inc., partner of Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners.

“With the world-famous falls behind us, known all over the world, the convention centre, all the great attractions that we built up over the years, this is the missing link,” he said during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

“We’re positioned now, working together, to become the entertainment capital of Canada.”

Hometown Hockey comes to Niagara

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It was a case of sibling rivalry at Queen Victoria Park.

Eight-year-old Joshua Schreiber wore his prized Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers jersey as he checked out the activities at the Rogers Hometown Hockey event while his little sister Aimee, 4, opted for a Montreal Canadiens jersey.

“McDavid is my favourite player because he scores lots of goals and he’s really fast … fast like me,” the St. Catharines youngster said. “The Oilers are the better team.”

The Schreiber family was among thousands of people who attended the two-day festival at the park, which kicked off the 2017-18 Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour. About 5,000 people were at the park Saturday and between 8,000 and 10,000 were expected Sunday.

Restaurant week on tap for Lundy’s Lane

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NOTE: I know I’m late on this one, but there are still a few days left of “restaurant week”

From the Niagara Falls Review:

As the Lundy’s Lane business community prepares for another Fall Restaurant Week, it’s also excited about future streetscape improvement plans for the busy area.

David Jovanovic, project administrator for the Lundy’s Lane business improvement association, said between Oct. 12-26, 13 restaurants will offer two or three-course, price-fixed lunches and dinners.

A number of establishments will also offer express lunches at one, low-fixed price for the diner who does not have a lot of time, he said.

“We’re expecting in excess of 7,000 (patrons) for this upcoming event, so it’s growing,” said Jovanovic, adding Lundy’s Lane also offers a Winter Restaurant Week in February.

Invictus Games athletes take in the falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

As Romania’s Doru Hamza stepped off the Via Rail train in Niagara Falls Wednesday, it felt like “fate” he was here.

Before he was an athlete with the Invictus Games, he was a sergeant with his country’s 300th Infantry Battalion. In 2008, while patrolling the Qalet-Kandahar highway in Afghanistan, his vehicle crossed over an improvised explosive device. His injuries required surgery, performed by a Canadian doctor.

“He treated me very well,” he said. “I’m grateful to him and the entire medical staff from Canada.”

Hamza is now one of 550 competitors from 17 nations taking part in the third annual Invictus Games…

Shortly after arrival, athletes boarded WEGO buses for Table Rock. For many, it was their first glimpse of Niagara Falls up close.

Winter Festival of Lights receives international award

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has received a top award by the International Festivals & Events Association.

The local event was awarded the IFEA pinnacle award for best festival mobile application during the association’s annual convention in Arizona.

Integrity commissioner clears Thomson after complaint

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

An integrity commissioner has found no evidence that city Coun. Wayne Thomson shared confidential information from an in-camera meeting earlier this year.

In a report going before council Tuesday, Integrity Commissioner Brian Duxbury says a complaint submitted to the city clerk alleged Thomson disclosed information from the meeting to third parties “who were not entitled to such information,” as evidenced by text messages.

One of the messages, sent Jan. 25, stated: “I was just talking to Wayne about another issue and he said in-camera was interesting and I will tell you…(blacked out) is the cause of the rumors.”

Following his investigation, which included interviews with Thomson and the unnamed person who sent the text, Duxbury concluded there was “nothing unusual or suggestive of any improper disclosure” in the communication, since Thomson was speaking with someone whose position requires interaction “on a regular basis.”

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