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Qila Restaurant torn down

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The other day I noticed that the Qila Restaurant at the corner of Victoria Ave and Magdalen St was torn down. I don’t know why, and I don’t recall seeing any signs. Just one day I noticed it was gone.

The first image shows what it looked like (a screenshot from Google Maps). The other two are pictures of what the lot is now. It has been turned into a parking lot.

Photography business rising from the ashes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It was a nightmare.

K.J. Dong Jia was at home on January 15, 2016 when he received a call from his alarm company.

A fire, deliberately set, had swept through his themed photography business on Victoria Avenue near Clifton Hill.

“I came right away,” the 35-year-old father of three recalled. “It was such a nightmare.”

Damage was pegged at $300,000.

“I had to rebuild everything,” he said.

Jia had opened Allways Antique Photo in the heart of the city’s tourism sector in 2012 after operating similar operations in Toronto and Alberta.

The business is a combination of what Jia knows best – business and photography.

$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…

Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante expanding?

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As a follow-up to my “Center Gift Shop” torn down for a parking lot posting last week, regular visitor Drafty found a document on the city web site (or here if the city website link changes) that indicates that Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante will be expanding into the space where Center Gift Shop was. A public meeting was held back at the beginning of November.

I guess until they are ready to expand, it’ll be used as a parking lot.

“Center Gift Shop” torn down for a parking lot

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The former “Center Gift Shop” store that was on Victoria Avenue has been closed for several months. I’m not sure why, and I never noticed any signs on the window that indicated that they would be closing. Just one day I noticed it was closed.

Well, now the building has been torn down, and it is a parking lot. This happened just before Christmas.

Here are a few other photos showing the work as it happened.

More changes on Victoria Ave adjacent to new go-kart track

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There used to be paving stones (interlocking bricks) along Victoria Ave near the top of Clifton Hill, as well as a grass area. Recently that was all dug up and the fence for the new go-kart development has been moved out closer to the street.

Victoria Ave roadwork is done

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I know these photos aren’t particularly exciting, but if you’ve been in the Falls over the last couple of months, this is definitely good news. The construction work that was happening on Victoria Ave between Clifton Hill/Centre St and Walnut St is now complete. It finished a couple of weeks ago. The road has been realigned slightly, sidewalks made wider and infrastructure improved.

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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.

Clifton Hill District LaserLight Show

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Last holiday season I saw a laser light show along Victoria Ave near Clifton Hill. I see from the Nightmares Fear Factory web site that this year there will be another light show.

 

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