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    Council plans vote on deal to demolish glass walkway

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Take a walk down Old Falls Street, and you’ll see plenty of state-built infrastructure designed to spur private development. Largely missing are the type of walk-up storefronts suited for pedestrians and tourists.

    City officials, after stalled efforts this summer, hope the demolition of a downtown eyesore will help fix that.

    The City Council on Tuesday will vote on an agreement for $25,500 worth of engineering demolition work to be completed by LiRo Engineers of Buffalo. The work would be the first step in the demolition of a vacant glass walkway adjacent to the former TeleTech call center building on Third Street.

    The obsolete walkway, which runs west of TGI Friday’s along Old Falls Street, has long been viewed by city officials as an obstacle to development along the cobblestone walkway.

    “By eliminating that glass hallway, it opens up a lot of opportunities,” said Council Chairman Sam Fruscione.

    Will Niagara Falls become a winter wonderland?

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    From the Buffalo News:

    In March, Ellicottville native and Idaho developer Mark Rivers revealed his plans to make downtown Niagara Falls a winter tourism haven, complete with a strip of speciality international and regional vendors.

    Rivers has been busy securing vendors and marketing the festival, but not without questions from City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione.

    Last week, Rivers revealed more specific plans for the market, including:

    Council amends billboard law to aid tourism promotions

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    From the Buffalo News:

    In an effort to expand promotions and increase tourism- related advertising, the City Council amended its billboard ordinance to allow electronic digital billboards downtown.

    The billboards, which require special permits that must be approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, will hopefully mirror successful electronic billboards in Niagara Falls, Ont., Council Chairman Sam Fruscione said.

    Improving tourist signs in city becomes priority

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The generations- old debate over the best use of street signs to direct tourists to local attractions may be nearing a settlement — but not quite yet.

    City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione and Mayor Paul A. Dyster said they plan to discuss the issue during a private meeting today, and the mayor said the present street-direction signs “leave a lot to be desired, especially in the downtown area.”

    Members of the Tourism Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the City Council, agreed by consensus Monday that too many signs direct tourists toward the Rainbow Bridge to Canada instead of toward Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island and local attractions. Fruscione said he would take the advisory board’s concerns to the mayor today.

    New tourism tax in the Falls discussed

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A new “tourism tax” is in the works in the City of Niagara Falls.

    City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione and members of the Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board on Monday discussed plans to impose a 50-cent tax on tickets sold by area attractions and tour operators.

    Supporters say the effort, modeled after a similar tax applied to attractions in Niagara Falls, Ont., would create a pool of funds the city desperately needs to carry out economic development projects, road repairs and demolition of neglected and abandoned buildings.

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