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Old July 14th, 2008, 09:08 PM   #281
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Old July 17th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #282
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Is Niagara Falls PC?
... I think it is but the train service would run through too many Liberal ridings to make it viable!!
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Old July 17th, 2008, 09:11 AM   #283
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I agree with this. People in Western New York tend to be NYC-centric, probably because it's part of our State. I do think Buffalo and NFNY would be better off, however, aligning themselves with Toronto instead of NYC. People from Buffalo can be in Toronto by car in less than 2 hours, which makes it far more relevant to us than Manhattan, whose residents usually cannot even find Buffalo on a map--even if they're in the same State. Plus we get the added bonus of being able to stop along the Niagara wine trail on the way to Toronto, which is fantastic. (Fielding Estates is one of my favorites.)
... Buffalo's future lies in building better ties with Toronto/Ontario.

The biggest mistake in recent history is the shortsighted decision of Rochester to drop the ferry.

NYC won't rebuild Buffalo - it will be Toronto. Which in turn means a stronger Toronto.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #284
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hers some pictures from inside the new Casino in Niagara falls.




here is some more of the aria around the falls.




i have a few more picture from the Niagara region on my blog tourist-post.com. here is a link to the media section. (don't be afraid to comment.) http://www.tourist-post.com/meida.galleries hope you all like my pictures.
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 05:47 AM   #285
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Nice pics, though I wouldn't call it "new" in a development forum.

The monument in the lobby, what exactly is it? Does it symbolize something, or is it just some sort of interpretive art?
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'The Teslatron' is a tribute to the Power Generation side of Niagara Falls. It does a laser/light/sound show every evening. And believe it or not, it cost $10million.
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How are the casinos doing over here?
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Old August 27th, 2008, 05:03 AM   #288
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'The Teslatron' is a tribute to the Power Generation side of Niagara Falls. It does a laser/light/sound show every evening. And believe it or not, it cost $10million.
Thanks for the info. $10 million you say? That's unbelievable.
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Old October 7th, 2008, 08:51 PM   #289
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The condo building on River Road moves a little more forward.

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Approval of seven-storey project instead of 29 ends two-year fight


A seven-storey condominium on River Road will be the kind of high-end residential development Niagara Falls has yet to see, but homeowners who have to live near it say it’s too big.

“Not too happy about this decision,” Otter Street resident Mike Baldasio said after a vote at Monday’s city council meeting. “We’re probably going to get together and see what we can do next.”

Baldasio is part of a group that has fought for two years against a developer’s plan to put a condo on the northwest corner of River Road and John Street, overlooking the Niagara gorge.

The condo city council approved Monday is about one-quarter the size of the 29-storey building proposed two years ago, but critics say it’s still too dense and doesn’t fit in with the neighbourhood.

Pointe of View, a Calgary-based development company, plans to invest $30 million building the apartment which will be converted to high-end condos.

“I’m excited. I think it’s about time we do have some development of this nature brought to Niagara Falls,” said Italia Gilberti, a Niagara Falls lawyer representing the company.

Niagara Falls city council voted 5-2 in favour of the Niagara Falls Pointe project, a 119-unit condo, apparently ending a controversial process that began in 2006. Councillors Janice Wing and Bart Maves voted against it and Wayne Thomson declared a conflict of interest and did not vote.

Wing called it “an overdevelopment” of the site that sits on the border between the older downtown neighbourhood and the start of the hotel district.

“I believe it has come down significantly..., but it’s still an overdevelopment of the site,” Wing said.

Lawyer Tom Richardson, who represented the opponents, said there is an opportunity to appeal council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board. His clients will have to regroup and decide their next step, he said.

Richardson had asked councillors to reject the zoning and official plan amendment and limit any development on that site to four storeys.

“This development is not compatible with the surrounding neighbourhood in terms of design or massing,” Richardson said.

The seven-storey condo would result in a density of 96 units an acre, lower than the 155 units an acre than originally proposed. But the city’s official plan suggests 50 units an acre should be the maximum density for residential areas.

It was the third attempt to convert a 1.2-acre of vacant commercial property to a an upscale residential use. In 2006, Mississauga-based real estate company ORE applied to build a 29-storey, 250-unit condominium tower.

The city’s own planning department panned that project, calling it “completely out of character” with the surrounding area. But city councillors approved that $70-million proposal. It stalled when the company asked the approval process be put on hold before going to regional council for approval.

In 2007, Pointe of View took over the property and scaled back its plan to 10 storeys. Neighbours still objected.

Earlier this year, the company met with neighbours and revised it again – to seven storeys. That application was scheduled to go to council twice over the summer, but was deferred on separate occasions.

If there’s no OMB appeal, the company could begin work immediately, Gilberti said. It could take about 18 months to build the condominium from the point the company gets a building permit. It’s possible construction could be completed two years from now, Gilberti said.
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/Art...aspx?e=1235170
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This was on the front page of the Buffalo News 10/07/2008:

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Canadian hotel tower claims title as tallest building along the Niagara River
58-story structure going up in Niagara Falls, Ont., is the tallest building between Toronto and New York City overshadows rivals in Niagara River area


HSBC Center in Buffalo is no longer the tallest building along the Niagara River.

A 58-story hotel under construction on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls soon will overshadow it by 20 stories — and dwarf its nearest counterpart on the American side, the 26-story Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

Workers already have built 52 stories of the Hilton Hotel — and look down on the Skylon Tower and everything else in the Falls as they go about their daily business.

Even unfinished, the new tower is taller than every other building between Toronto and New York City.

When completed for next summer’s tourist season, it will rival the tallest buildings in every major city within a 250-mile radius....
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Old October 8th, 2008, 05:29 PM   #291
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I wasn't aware that the Hilton was going to be taller than the HSBC Center at all, even after completion. Maybe it's because I don't perceive hotels to be too tall.
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The Hilton will also be the tallest (5? stories and 550ft) and 4th largest (1000+ rooms) hotel in Canada.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #293
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The Hilton will also be the tallest (5? stories and 550ft) and 4th largest (1000+ rooms) hotel in Canada.
Not if you include hotel-condo towers like 1 King, Shangrila, etc.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 07:49 PM   #294
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As I said, the tallest hotel. Not the tallest building that has hotel rooms in it (usually on the lowest floors, with condos on the highest).
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Old October 15th, 2008, 04:19 AM   #295
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I know that some people have had visions for a people mover to Downtown before on SSC, so here's an article on it. It sounds like it isn't even going to be built to original plans, much less to Downtown.

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Faced with a use-it-or-lose-it proposition from Ottawa, Niagara Falls council plans to pick a private partner and move toward construction of its long-awaited people mover system.

Much more delay would see the federal government take a $25-million grant off the table.

"We are at crunch time. We've got to get moving on this," city clerk Dean Iorfida said during a community services committee meeting.

He was reacting to a letter from federal transportation minister Lawrence Cannon, indicating the government of Canada would consider the people mover "withdrawn from consideration" for funding unless there's an agreement in place by June 2009 to accept the federal contribution -and its condition the city come up with matching funds.

In 2003, the federal government announced funding from the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, a pot of money Ottawa created to help municipalities with transit projects, roads and sewers.

In June, federal Transportation Minister Lawrence Cannon advised the city if it didn't move to a construction phase by June 2009, Ottawa would consider the people mover project withdrawn from consideration. And the $25 million would no longer be available.

"We've got no choice, but to continue for the sake of the project itself," Mayor Ted Salci said.

Earlier this year, after years of work, the city opted to proceed with a scaled-down people mover after the Niagara Parks Commission bowed out of its partnership with city hall over disputes about the type of vehicle and route to be used.

Council will go it alone, making a people mover that will run about three kilometres from Casino Niagara to the Fallsview Casino and the future convention centre site.

It also likely means a rubber-tire bus system instead of a monorail-type train that had been discussed years ago.

"This is going to be basically a bus route," said Coun. Wayne Thomson.

If it's a bus system, tourism operators will want it to run on city streets rather than along the abandoned railway line through the tourism districts.

"Now that we have a rubber-tire system, they're saying, 'If you can drive on the roads, come by my place,'" Thomson said.

Thomson, who pushed for a people mover system for years while he was mayor, called it "a huge disappointment" that Niagara Falls will be forced to move forward with such a scaled-back project.

"This is a huge disappointment to say we've come this far and see what we've done, which is not very much," Thomson said.

The federal funding was in "matching dollars," meaning the city was expected to come up with its own $25 million in order for Ottawa to release its money.

Since Niagara Falls doesn't have that kind of cash, the city plans to bring in a private-sector partner to invest the city's portion. The private company would make a return on its investment by operating the people mover system under a licence from the city.

Three companies have been qualified since 2004 to bid on the work -Mitsubishi Canada, SNC-Lavalin, and Niagara Greenway (a partnership involving Bombardier and the Ellis Don construction company).

Niagara Falls should ask Ottawa to drop the "matching dollars" condition, especially in light of millions the federal government is doling out to municipalities for transit projects, Salci said.
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Copper roof to be surpassed as tallest ceiling in city


It's not just the autumn leaves that have turned from green to bronze. A recent makeover at the Skylon Tower has added some new lustre to a Niagara Falls icon.

The top of the 520-foot tower now gleams like a shiny new penny, following a refinishing and sealing of its copper roof. Its look could last for decades, said the owner of a company that did the work in September.

"What we're doing is restoring the copper to close to its original appearance, polishing it and buffing it up and putting a sealant on it," said Don Searle, the owner of Koala Building Maintenance.

The Niagara Falls company that specializes in maintenance on high-rise buildings. It does maintenance work and window- washing for most of the high-rise hotels in the city.

The company had a dozen workers on the project from the end of August until the end of September refurbishing the copper roof on top of the 43-year-old observation tower. They stripped away the oxidization -the scientific term for rust -that had built up on the roof since the 520-foot tower was built in the mid- 1960s.

Working high atop the iconic tower was an unusual job, though Searle said his employees enjoyed the view.

"It's very relaxing -the best view in town."

Despite the height, Searle said it was a very safe job because his company hired an engineer to prepare a work plan to keep workers safe in the unusual work conditions.

They were working about fifty feet higher than the tower's observation deck level.

The green appearance -now stripped away -had evolved over the years because the copper was exposed to rain and moisture in the air. It's the same process that gives the roofs on the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa their greenish look.

When copper is left unsealed, the shine will turn to brown within a few months - think of how fast a penny loses its lustre. After years of being exposed to the elements, copper will turn green -think of the penny you find on the sidewalk.

But the Skylon roof was treated with a sealant that should preserve the brighter copper colour for years to come, Searle said.

"People buy sealant. If you want to maintain the copper look, you seal it right away," Searle said.

The roof on the Niagara Parks Commission's Table Rock House is also copper, but it has turned dark brown, almost the colour of chocolate, he added.

The bright shine off the Skylon is noticeable from across the city and even on the Queen Elizabeth Way when you drive into town.

"You're very observant," said Skylon's marketing director Lee Carr.

It's the original copper roof that was installed when the tower was built in 1964.

People began calling the Skylon almost as soon as work began. As soon as 18-inch squares of green started to be stripped away, people began asking what was going on.

"We're taking down the 40 years of oxidization of that roof," Carr said.

For more than four decades, the Skylon has been the tallest structure in Niagara Falls.

At 524 feet from base to tip, the Skylon Tower is one of the tallest structures in Canada. The tower was built on a 13-acre site overlooking the falls at a cost of $12 million at the time. It opened to the public in 1965.

There are only about two dozen buildings in Canada taller than 490 feet (150 metres).

Most of them are office towers in downtown Toronto, including the 72-storey, 950-foot tall First Canadian Place.

Toronto's CN Tower remains Canada's tallest freestanding structure at 1,815 feet and five inches.

George Yerich has owned the Skylon since 1988. In the past 10 years, several high-rise hotels in the Fallsview area, including the Hilton, Embassy Suites and Sheraton Fallsview, each at 36 storeys have been erected.

But the expansion of the Hilton Niagara, currently under construction on Fallsview Boulevard, will be 58 storeys. Once it's finished, the top of the new hotel will be higher than the Skylon's observation deck.

Canadian Niagara Hotels has city hall's approval to build a 59-storey hotel tower on Falls Avenue, near the site of the old Oneida Tower that stands over Casino Niagara's site.

Workers from a Niagara Falls company recently refinished the copper roof on the Skylon Tower, stripping away the green oxidation and revealing it's original bright orange appearance.

http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/Art...aspx?e=1258215
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Discussion about revitalizing Downtown Niagara Falls.

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Not all councillors attend workshop


Standing in front of a map of Winnipeg, Glen Murray, president of the Canadian Urban Institute, encouraged Niagara Falls to identify what makes its downtown unique and chart its own course to revitalize the area. The former Winnipeg mayor was the main speaker at a workshop on reviving the Queen Street area Monday.

When Winnipeg's former mayor Glen Murray came to Niagara Falls for one of the downtown summer festivals, he was surprised the Queen Street area wasn't even identified on any maps as the city's business district. It was hard to find anything to direct him to the area, he said.

"There has been a real disinvestment in the downtown of Niagara," said Murray, now the president of the Canadian Urban Institute, a Toronto-based group that studies municipal issues.

Murray was a speaker at a workshop Monday aimed at revitalizing the downtown area. He urged property owners, business operators, city councillors and city staff to "map out your assets" and build on the strengths of Niagara Falls. The abundance of lawyers and accountants, for example, could be the basis of a financial services sector or a college or university campus to train financial services students, he said.

Niagara Falls should create a new committee with representatives from city hall, the downtown businesses and other people interested in seeing the area revived, said Ulrike Gross, chairwoman of the Downtown Business Improvement Area board.

"The one thing I would like to see come out of this would be we form something like a steering committee and work more closely together," Gross said.

The committee should "collectively" chart downtown's future. It will require investments by both the private and public sectors, she said.

Queen Street has made progress this year with facade improvements to many properties owned by Historic Niagara Development, and with the creation of a fledgling district of art galleries over the summer.

Downtown and city hall need to build on that momentum.

"We really need to jump on this right now. We can't wait and we can't just invest in small amounts," Gross said.

The committee was the most concrete suggestion following four hours of presentations from Murray and downtown managers in Burlington and London about how they have reinvigorated struggling downtown cores.

London, for example created a Main Street committee in the late 1990s, when its Dundas Street area was in decay. That committee took the lead in creating the city's Millennium Plan. It led to $130 million in public funds spent to overhaul its farmers market, build the John Labatt Centre arena, a downtown splash pad and converting an abandoned department store into a public library. Once the public money was spent, private-sector investment in the area followed.

"I'm telling you it can work if you get the public and private (sectors) working together," said Janette Mac- Donald, the director of Main Street London.

Mayor Ted Salci embraced Gross' suggestion to create a new committee for Niagara Falls.

"It's a matter of co-ordinating now," Salci said after the workshop. "I would certainly like to talk to council about setting up that steering committee."

Without a committee, the direction for downtown will either be driven by property owners or by city hall, said Coun. Victor Pietrangelo. A formalized committee would allow more input from various segments of the community to determine how to encourage more activity downtown.

"Council has said from the get-go we would like to see revitalization work. We just need to see a plan we can support," Pietrangelo said.

Monday's workshop was not backed unanimously by councillors. Coun. Janice Wing did not attend the workshop. She had voted against having it, saying it was "pandering" to a special interest group.

Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni sat in on about 45 minutes of Murray's presentation. She was critical of the process because she said the workshop should have taken place at city hall in front of TV cameras.

As she left the meeting, Ioannoni called it "a colossal waste of time."

Salci later called that description "unfortunate."

"Nothing like this is a waste of time. It's a learning experience," the mayor said.

About 50 people attended the workshop, held at the 4 Triple 5 Cafe, an old stationery store recently converted into a meeting place for local artists. The start of the workshop looked a bit like the first day of school as councillors and city managers arrived, not sure where to sit or what to expect.

The $25,000 workshop brought politicians and city staff out of city hall to the 4 Triple 5 Cafe on Queen Street for the seminar, jointly sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement Area board and the city.

A collective approach appealled to Jonathan Adams, an artist who operates one of the galleries that opened this year on Queen Street.

"It's important that it's everybody involved going in the same direction, communicating weekly," said Jonathan Adams.

Monday's workshop was an unusual forum for city councillors who cancelled their regular meeting to attend. Because it was a workshop -not a council meeting. Politicians were expected to listen and not make any decisions.

They sat at candlelit dinner tables in the darkened art gallery area while the consultants talked about how other cities have successfully revived their ailing downtown cores.

Gross led off with a slide presentation showing the progress made on Queen Street in the past year. The recent openings of the Medie restaurant and Balzac's coffee shop have been positive steps. She pointed to the art galleries that opened over the summer as evidence new business have relocated to the area.

"We've covered a lot of ground. We're really proud of it. We'd really like to keep the momentum going," Gross said.

Ioannoni questioned why the presentation couldn't have taken place in the council at city hall. While the mayor and city clerk agreed the workshop wasn't actually a council meeting, Ioannoni disagreed.

"Is all our city staff here?" said Ioannoni, who arrived a few minutes late. "It's a friggin' council meeting."
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From what I've heard, there are 30 hotel permits currently handed out that haven't even started construction yet
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More on the Hilton.

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Sixty-storey addition likely tallest hotel in Canada


It dwarfs everything in the city. And proponents claim it's the tallest of its kind in Canada.

Standing at nearly 60 storeys (about 550 feet), the latest addition to the Hilton Hotel even looks down on the Skylon Tower.

The first of a two-phase redevelopment of the Fallsview Boulevard complex began in January 2007 and is slated for completion in April 2009.

It includes about 500 new guest rooms on 43 stories, says senior project manager Chris Hawkswell.

The tower is attached to the existing 36-storey Hilton structure opposite the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. A 15-storey hotel in the centre connects the two towers.

"From my understanding, it's going to be the tallest hotel in Canada and it's obviously, right now, the tallest building in Niagara Falls," Hawkswell said.

"I think the tower is going to be an icon ... because of its long, tall, slender appearance. The podium level of the hotel is going to be Tuscan themed and I think it will be a real monument or landmark in Niagara Falls."

Also part of the initial phase is the construction of an underground parking facility to the west of the tower, according to Hawkswell, president of Niacon Construction, which was awarded the project.

A "topping-off" ceremony will be held today at the Hilton, where the last bit of concrete will be poured, he said.

"It's a significant timeline in the schedule because the structural portion of the job is over and basically it's interior finishing ... left to do."

The second portion of the redevelopment, which has yet to begin, will include a 10-storey addition to the parking garage that adjoins the hotel, as well an extensive amenity package, said Hawkswell.

"Phase two ... is the further addition of a major pool facility, major conference centre and a piazza combination theatre and retail complex. The total property (the Hilton's three buildings) will end up being approximately 1,000 rooms when it's finished."

Hilton Hotel owner Vincent DiCosimo Sr. said he hopes to get started on the second phase of the project next fall.

"We're calling it a 60-storey building, not 60 storeys of rooms," DiCosimo said, noting the entire redevelopment project will cost $200 million.

"This is a dream come true for me. I planned this five years ago. To see it coming along so well is a big deal for me."

DiCosimo said his architect in Toronto told him that while the new tower is not the biggest office building in the country, it is the tallest hotel building.

"It's something I'm proud of, proud for Niagara Falls."

Calls to the Hotel Association of Canada in an effort to confirm the tallest hotel structures in the country were not returned.

Hawkswell said his team suffered a few setbacks while working on the massive project.

Two labour strikes and bad weather pushed the schedule back a month or two, but not enough to cause concern, he said.

"Fortunately, due to some really good trades on the job, we've been able to make up most of the schedule delays."

He said working with a crane on a project of such mammoth scale posed one of the toughest challenges for his team.

"We've looked at bringing in a helicopter. We've looked at a very large mobile crane and we've settled with a Derrick solution, where we build a smaller crane on the roof and take that one down and then we build an even smaller crane and take the medium-size crane down. It's a fairly long process, but it's the most cost-effective."

Standing atop the new Hilton addition and looking down on the rest of the city is "absolutely breathtaking," Hawkswell said.

"The view of the falls, both the U. S. and Canadian and the Upper Rapids, is very impressive. With that much height, you basically have a phenomenal peripheral view. You've got the Buffalo skyline, the Toronto skyline and certainly you can see all the key locations in Niagara.

"I think it's a tribute to the hospitality industry in Niagara Falls and I think it ... contributes to all the interesting things to come to Niagara Falls."
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I was in the neighbourhood...

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