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    Phase 2 of Victoria Avenue work approved

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A section of Victoria Avenue will undergo a $6.8-million road reconstruction and streetscaping.

    Niagara Falls city council awarded the contract to Rankin Construction during its recent meeting.

    The second of a proposed five-phase plan will include full road reconstruction and decorative streetscaping on Victoria Avenue from the limit of phase one, approximately 10 metres north/east of Centre Street and up to and including the intersection of Clark Avenue/Ellen Avenue.

    Next phase of Victoria Avenue work before council

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls city council will consider awarding a $6.8-million contract to complete the second phase of a road reconstruction and streetscaping project along Victoria Avenue.

    Staff is scheduled to present a report to politicians Tuesday recommending the lowest bidder, Rankin Construction, do the work.

    The report also recommends staff appoint CIMA+ to conduct contract administration and inspection services for $448,653.

    $8.3M second phase Victoria Avenue revitalization

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The second phase of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue will cost $8.3 million.

    It’s one of the most expensive projects in council’s 2017 capital budget. Read More…

    Engineering for Victoria Avenue work approved

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city is moving ahead with planning for phase two of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue.

    Council approved $365,000 for engineering design work for the next phase, and city staff will prepare construction cost estimates for council’s consideration in the 2017 budget.

    The first phase — a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street — began in the spring and is expected to be completed by early December.

    Work stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season, and resumed after Labour Day.

    Victoria Avenue work requires extra $230K

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Council approved an additional $230,000 to complete the first phase of a streetscape project along Victoria Avenue.

    The extra expense will come out of the city’s capital holding reserve fund and will address unanticipated intersection work, as well as additional consultant services.

    Earlier this year, council entered into a cost-sharing arrangement with the Victoria Centre Business Improvement Association for a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street. The city agreed to a strict construction timeline, at the request of the BIA.

    Construction began this spring, but stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season. Work is scheduled to resume after Labour Day, and is expected to be mostly completed by November.

    Victoria Avenue ‘really needs some attention’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Long-awaited streetscape improvements along Victoria Avenue are set to begin.

    City council awarded a $3-million contract to Rankin Construction this week for the first phase of the project, which will go from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street.

    It will see new sidewalks, curbs, streetlights, as well as sewer repairs, road resurfacing and tree planting.

    David Antonsen, landscape architect and project manager for the city, said the project is scheduled to start during the week of May 9.

    Council approved the project, at the request of the Victoria Centre business improvement association, during its Jan. 26 meeting, and awarded the construction contract to the St. Catharines company on Tuesday night.

    Businesses excited for Victoria Avenue revamp

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It has been a long-time coming.

    Businesses along Victoria Avenue say they are looking forward to the streetscape improvements approved recently by Niagara Falls city council.

    “It’s going to improve the look of the street and I’m all for it,” said Andrew Vergalito, owner of the Italian Ice Cream business on Victoria Avenue, near Highway 420.

    Victoria Avenue, from that intersection to Clifton Hill/Centre Street, will undergo a $3.5-million facelift starting in the spring.

    Council approved the project, at the request of the Victoria Centre business improvement association, during its Jan. 26 meeting.

    Victoria Avenue to get facelift

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The first in what is expected to be a multi-phase revitalization along Victoria Avenue has been approved by city council.

    The city will contribute $2.9 million towards the $3.5-million phase, while the Victoria Centre BIA will contribute up to $600,000, conditional on a spring 2016 start.

    In 2014, the BIA and municipal staff developed a streetscape master plan outlining improvement ideas for the district, located in the tourist area of Niagara Falls.

    The plan calls for accessible sidewalks, benches, decorative lighting, street trees and landscaping, gateway features, attraction and performance space, resurfaced roadways and public washroom facilities.

    Major changes for Clifton Hill

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Expect to see some multi-million dollar changes taking place near the top of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls.

    Older buildings like the Comfort Inn are slated for demolition, businesses like Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and Kelsey’s Restaurant are being renovated or expanded, and new interactive entertainment features are being added to the mix.

    “Once the Comfort Inn is removed we will have a four-acre site available and that’s going to be expansion for our Clifton Hill entertainment facilities,” said Harry Oakes, president of Hoco Limited, that owns and operates a number of attractions, restaurants and shops on the south side of the street.

    The Comfort Inn closed early last month, all the essential services were cut off on Monday, and large excavators were expected to be on site Wednesday or Thursday to begin taking down the building.

    “We are going to be busy this winter so we are just cranking up right now,” said Oakes. “It’s kind of the next phase in our multi-plan, master plan that we have for the whole site. The construction that is going to take place over the next several months is about 20,000-square feet of renovations and about 30,000-square feet of new buildings, along with extensive streetscape site work.”

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