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    Property owned by DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton

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    I posted previously about another house that was demolished on Stanley Ave but the Macs store. There is now a “For Lease” sign up. I didn’t realize that this property was owned by the DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton.

    $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.”

    Heat turned up on Diodati over Paradise project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The city’s mayor has been accused of lobbying Premier Kathleen Wynne on behalf of the group proposing a $1.5-billion development on property that is home to more than 200 acres of provincially significant wetlands.

    “I did not know that you were lobbying the Premier,” Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni told Mayor Jim Diodati at Tuesday’s meeting of Niagara Falls City Council. “I haven’t seen one letter from you to the Premier. They haven’t been copied to council. We didn’t give a motion to direct letters to the Premier lobbying for the developer, so if we could as a council get copies of those letters that would be fantastic.”

    GUEST VIEW: Is it wrong to want to retire to Niagara Falls?

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    My name is Jayne Cuda and I grew up in Niagara Falls, New York during the ‘50s and ‘60s and I loved it. I currently reside in Los Angeles but return to my hometown six weeks each year.

    This June, I will be retiring from Los Angeles Unified School District after 30 years of service as a teacher, counselor and an administrator. My current plan is to buy a home in Niagara County… Read More…

    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.”

    Pillar and Post plans moving forward

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Expansion plans by the Pillar and Post Inn and Spa that include development of the former C and C Yachts property next door were given the go-ahead by Niagara-on-the-Lake councillors Monday.

    Official plan and zoning bylaw amendments would allow for increasing the size of the existing hotel on John Street and a mix of private and public uses for the Regent Street site, including an outdoor event area, conference and administration buildings, a parking garage and an extensively landscaped park.

    OLG funds used to cover Falls budget shortfall

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Not wanting to stick ratepayers with a potential $62 increase on their tax bills, councillors decided Tuesday to take a $2.9-million shortfall in revenues by taking the money from the City’s OLG reserve fund.

    The shortfall came about after the Region reversed its tax policy to create a separate primarily for tax levies on the city’s two casinos, primarily the large Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. The Region made the decision based on a provincial re-assessment of the value of the property. The re-assessment is currently under appeal.

    “I don’t think it would be fair or realistic to say to taxpayers, we’re getting over $20 million from the OLG and now we’re going to raise your taxes.”

    Mayor Jim Diodati called the situation a “frustrating” one.

    Speedway facing more legal trouble

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The perpetually delayed Canadian Motor Speedway project has hit another snag after the developer was served with legal proceedings as a result of the failure to purchase necessary property for the site.

    Loretto development passes hurdle

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A highrise development slated for the land along Stanley Avenue which is home to the former Loretto Academy has passed another hurdle — but not without conditions.

    Council endorsed a staff recommendation to approve an application building form and zoning changes sought by backers of the project, provided they meet a series of conditions, including the province signing off on a Stage 4 Archeological Assessment of the property and completion of a microclimate study “to mitigate pedestrian level impacts on the Our Lady of Peace Chapel, located to the south of the property. As well, the proponents will need to execute a Section 37 agreement with the city for each of three buildings based on five per cent of the construction value — in this case $388,000 for streetscaping work. The proponents, as a part of the Section 37 agreement will need to include provisions to preserve and restore the Loretto Academy.

    Jack’s Cantina is all gone

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    I meant to post a picture a few weeks ago, but kept forgetting. As you will recall, Jack’s Cantina burned down more than a month ago. The remains of the building were left for a couple of weeks, and then a few weeks ago the building was removed and the property cleaned up. Now it is just an empty lot.

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