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Road removal plan seeks to connect Niagara Falls to ‘greatest waterfront in the world’

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From the Buffalo News:

The plan calls for removing a 2-mile section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway in Niagara Falls.

And it’s getting some good reviews.

“We certainly see it as a positive opportunity for us,” said Gary K. Siddall, executive director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “There’s a lot of obstruction (now) with the bridge over the parkway and the parkway itself. It cuts us off from the tourist areas.”

Reshaping Niagara’s scenic parkway

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From the Niagara Gazette:

For many years it served as a battleground of sorts in an at-times bitter community conversation about the value of the roadway.

Today, the parkway formerly known as Robert Moses has been renamed the Niagara Scenic Parkway and substantial portions on both the north and south ends have either been slated for large-scale changes or are already in the process of being reconfigured.

Financial support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative paved the way for new, multi-million-dollar parkway plans.

Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” no Benefit to Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

With key members of his staff under indictment, a potential $3.5 billion budget deficit looming, various ill-considered initiatives like free college tuition and selling liquor in movie theaters going over like lead balloons, and being increasingly at odds with a state legislature scratching and clawing to maintain its own prerogatives in a declining and corrupt state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought his road show to Niagara Falls this week, cutting the ribbon at a hotel opening.

Cuomo was in town to promote was what he calls his “Buffalo Billion Squared” which, being a $500 million reprise of a previous state aid program for Buffalo, might more aptly be called “Buffalo Billion Halved.”

The only thing the Buffalo Billion has paid for here in Niagara Falls, through a $10 million relative pittance, is the rebuilding of the south Robert Moses Parkway, which sprawls along and cuts off access to Niagara River waterfront.

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.”

Governor announces $3.5M for parkway removal effort

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From the Niagara Gazette:

A $3.5 million payment for the final design phase of the Niagara Gorge Project has been approved by the New York Power Authority.

The project includes the removal of 2 miles of expressway segments of the Niagara Scenic Parkway, and replacing it with a scenic trail network and smaller road for local traffic to enhance access to the waterfront and adjoining neighborhoods in Niagara Falls.“The Niagara Gorge is a natural wonder that, because of the former Robert Moses Parkway, has effectively been walled off to the public for far too long,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “This action brings us one step closer toward finishing this project and increasing access to this scenic gem for Western New Yorkers and visitors alike.”

It seems to take Niagara Falls, NY a very long time to get these sorts of projects approved, funded, and then completed!

New Sign on Parkway shows Cuomo’s Contempt for City, Reporter, Feds

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through his associates at State Parks and the New York Power Authority, sometime over the past week perpetrated an act of such petty vindictiveness and blatant contempt for Niagara Falls that we thought it appropriate to come up with a special name for his attitude towards us…

The Dec. 8 issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter hit the newsstands and the internet last Thursday morning. It featured an article headlined “Feds to Cuomo: Parkway Signage out of Compliance”.

At some point over the succeeding four days, as of 11 am on Monday, Dec. 12, a brand-new, large, obtrusive “motherboard” sign, identical to those that, as we previously reported, have been determined by the Federal Highway Administration to be dangerously distracting and in violation of traffic safety regulations and ordered removed by the agency, was erected along the Robert Moses Parkway as it traverses the Niagara Power Project.

This story isn’t particularly interesting, other than the fact they are complaining about a highway sign. I think Niagara Falls, NY has a lot to offer, but I don’t think highway signs are their biggest problem.

Robert Moses Parkway to be renamed Niagara Scenic Parkway

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

“We’re going to make this place a better place,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said while visiting Niagara Falls Thursday.

Cuomo, and those who spoke before him, touched on a number of topics involving the improvement of the city through his $1 billion NY Parks 2020 program.

The most significant change coming though, is the renaming of a much-used highway — Robert Moses Parkway.

The extensive road reaches from the Grand Island Bridge, all the way into the town of Porter, and will soon feature a name more characteristic of it’s location near the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. The route will soon be known as “Niagara Scenic Parkway.”

Engineering review to start for Robert Moses Parkway

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From the Buffalo News:

A preliminary engineering and environmental review for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway along the Niagara River Gorge is to begin in May, Assemblyman John D. Ceretto announced Friday.

Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said the New York Power Authority is paying $2 million to fund the work, which Ceretto called “the next step in opening up the Niagara waterfront for development and bringing more business into downtown Niagara Falls.”

Falls tourism board lends a hand to Higgins in power authority fight

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From the Niagara Gazette:

The Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board is doing its part to help U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins in his quest to get the New York Power Authority to pay for the removal of the Robert Moses Parkway.

Board members submitted materials — historic maps, newspaper clippings — they gathered in an effort to help Higgins, D-Buffalo and Niagara Falls, get an idea of what the street scape was like before the roadway was constructed, as he asked them to when he met with the board in March.

Robert Moses rehab to connect tourists to N.F.

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From Buffalo Business First:

After years of wishful thinking, a one-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway leading directly to Niagara Falls may get a makeover that makes it more tourist and pedestrian-friendly.

The Western New York Regional Economic Council has agreed to allocate $10 million from the “Buffalo Billion” to help finance the $15 million project. The remaining $5 million is expected to come from federal dollars secured by Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins.

The project, which could get underway next year, will take a portion of the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue and turn it from a high-speed roadway into a thoroughfare with pedestrian-friendly medians and attractive landscaping.

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