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    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.

    Prepare for the Summer of Thrills

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Summer of Thrills is back.

    For the second year in a row, the Summer of Thrills is set to entertain and amaze onlookers with high-in-the-sky death-defying acts and a variety of street performances on the Victoria Ave. promenade.

    “The goal of the event is to animate the street and provide a free event all summer long,” said Vince Ferro, event coordinator with the Victoria Centre BIA.

    The BIA first brought thrill acts to the area last year and it was a unparalleled success, Ferro said.

    “It was overwhelming last year,” Ferro recalled.

    “At some of the shows, there’d be crowds of 800 people watching.”

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