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From preserving the past to embracing the future

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

When the Victoria Avenue branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library was built in 1974 it included the Sir Harry Oakes Room, an area filled with local history books and other paraphernalia.

Forty years later, the collection was relocated to a larger, climate-controlled area of the building in order to preserve the historic items.

Library staff soon realized the empty space would make an ideal location for a new digital media lab.

“As the library moves forward in the 21st century, we have identified the need and demand for improved technology access and training,” said Alicia Subnaik Kilgour, CEO and chief librarian.

“Our feeling was that we really wanted to empower the community by focusing on content creation.”

Over the past few months, the room has been transformed into the new Oakes Room Media Lab.

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.

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.

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