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    New attraction at Cave of the Winds highlights larger redevelopment of Niagara Falls park

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    From 88.7 WBFO:

    A new attraction has opened at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, offering guests a year-round facility to learn about the natural wonder’s history. It’s also the latest completed project in an overall $70 million investment to update Niagara Falls State Park.

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    State taking look at properties in downtown Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Underused or vacant properties are not exactly new in downtown Niagara Falls.

    In fact, some of the parcels now being eyed by the state as part of an acquisition plan referenced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January have been out of public circulation for quite some time now.

    Under Cuomo’s Strategic Land Acquisition Program the state has targeted several dozen properties near Niagara Falls State Park for redevelopment.

    The idea is to reactive what officials have described as key parcels on the outskirts of Niagara Falls State Park.

    Niagara Square closes its doors

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    I know this isn’t directly related to the tourism area of Niagara Falls, but if you’ve been to the city more than a couple of times, changes are you ended up at Niagara Square.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s the end of an era at Niagara Square.

    The enclosed area of the Montrose Road mall closed on Sunday, marking the end of the 40-year-old shopping centre.

    When the closure was announced in January, a RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Co. representative said the company, which owns an interest in the shopping centre, will be making “a significant investment into a redevelopment plan that will transform the enclosed areas of Niagara Square into an updated retail environment with additional parking stalls for shoppers.”

    No timeline has been given for the project.

    CITY DESK: Cuomo called out over Goat Island ‘lodge’

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The “bottom-up,” “community first” approach to development and redevelopment has been all the rage in recent years.

    It seems, after decades of essentially telling the people what’s best for them, public officials and entities finally figured out that there are advantages to getting what they like to call “community buy-in” before moving forward with a project.

    There’s nothing worse than rolling something out only to face stiff opposition.

    Poor early reviews tend to linger and can plague a project through completion and beyond.

    That’s why it’s hard to blame people in the Niagara Falls area who have been scratching their heads over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement about plans to build a lodge on Goat Island.

    Latest photos of Clifton Hill redevelopment

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    The Niagara Falls Review had a decent article about the changes happening on the HOCO Entertainment & Resorts property on Clifton Hill.

    At the request of @chuckfromcanada on Twitter, I’ve taken some pictures so you can see what’s been going on. You can click on each photo to get more details about it.

    Overall the site is looking good.

    • It is much cleaner than it was. The new parking lot is huge and there is no gravel parking now. It is all paved.
    • Kelsey’s is open and is now called Kelsey’s Roadhouse. I’ve been inside and it is gorgeous! The patio is still being worked on.
    • Ripley’s (I didn’t take any pictures) is open and supposedly is much bigger than it was.

    It looks like everyone is ready for a busy summer!

    Clifton Hill redevelopment taking shape

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Consumer demands are changing, and Clifton Hill has to change with them, says Tim Parker, general manager of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Niagara Falls.

    “The consumers are demanding more types of entertainment, rather than the stagnant entertainment that we’ve had for years. So we’ve answered the call,” said Parker.

    Ripley’s was scheduled to re-open as a revamped interactive attraction along the popular tourist strip Thursday evening, or Friday.

    Since November, the attraction has undergone a complete update of its “odditorium.”

    “We sort of were status quo for many years, and I think consumers now don’t want status quo — they don’t want to look at the same things they’ve looked at,” said Parker.

    I’m not sure when the official re-opening was, but I did notice they are open today.

    Clifton Hill development will have ‘big impact’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A massive redevelopment project on Clifton Hill that includes what’s described as “go-carts on steroids” is well underway.

    “Right now we’re working on the Ripley’s and Kelsey’s building, which is right on the frontage of Clifton Hill, so that’s about 25,000 square feet,” said Harry Oakes, president of HOCO Limited.

    HOCO owns and operates attractions, restaurants and shops on the south side of the street.

    The building is being completely stripped down, and the attraction and restaurant will be “totally updated,” he said.

    Oakes said Ripley’s, which is owned by the Jim Pattison Group and is a tenant of HOCO’s, is updating to an interactive walk-through attraction.

    NPC seeks qualified bidders for marina project

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission has issued a request for qualifications to move forward its plans to redevelop Miller’s Creek Marina.

    Following input received from a public information session, and a formal request for information process, the commission is seeking third-party interest on one of three development options.

    One option is to rehabilitate current marina amenities through a multi-phased plan operated by a third party.

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    Niagara This Week – Niagara Parks moving forward with marina plan

    Clifton Hill Construction

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Construction continues at the site of the former Comfort Inn on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls on Feb. 26, 2016.

    Four-acres of property is being redeveloped as part of a multi-plan expansion for HOCO Limited entertainment facilities on Clifton Hill.

    Howard Johnson Hotel Niagara Falls, Ontario Completes $1. 5 million Redevelopment Project

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    From Hotel-Online.com:

    The Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls, located at 5905 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, Canada, has just completed a $1,.5 million redevelopment project.

    The renovation project was completed May 1, 2010 and includes a complete makeover of all guest rooms including: new bedding, carpet, wall coverings, lighting, tile and upgraded bathroom fixtures and amenities. Complete upgrades have also been made to the main hotel lobby, hallways and common guest areas.

    “We are very excited about the major upgrades we’ve made to our property”, said Eric Marcon, President of the Howard Johnson Hotel Niagara Falls. “We are extremely confident that the renovations we’ve made will help us better position ourselves in the marketplace and allow us to be much more competitive.”

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