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Old July 14th, 2006, 04:58 PM   #61
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Another article on the condo.

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Condo will attract new people to city: Developer


Condominiums with a view of the Niagara River will be attractive to retirees from Toronto looking to downsize to the "condo life," as well as to international investors who might want to live in Niagara part-time, says the business development director for The Niagara condominium residence.

"When somebody can actually see those kinds of views from their residences, that's pretty incredible," said Marc Baronette, the business development director for ORE Development Corp.

The Mississauga company plans to build The Niagara, a 29-storey condominium residence on River Road. By building the tallest residential building in Niagara Falls, it will attract new people to the city.

"How you make great cities greater ... It's really residents that make a city greater," said Baronette, who grew up in St.
Catharines and has kept in touch with the Niagara region during his career as a developer.

"As a company, we really like the peninsula," he said.

This is the first residential condominium project for ORE Development, which has previously developed industrial property throughout southern Ontario. The company is the Canadian office of the Opus Group of real estate development companies that has completed more than 2,300 projects.

ORE Development issued a press release Tuesday announcing plans to have Harvey Kalles Real Estate act as the exclusive sales agent for the 250 units.

That announcement came the day after city council passed the bylaw authorizing the official plan amendment for the project.

Until now, their marketing had been confined to signs erected on River Road near the corner of John Street and a website.

ORE hopes to have all the city and regional council approvals in place by the fall. They would start construction next spring and open in 2009, Baronette said.

The company advertises condos starting at $169,900 for the smallest of the units. An average two-bedroom condo would go for about $250,000.

The company still has some details to work out about sales prices, Baronette said.

At an average price of $250,000, a 250-unit building would bring in about $62.5 million in sales revenue. But the press release says it will be a $70-million project.

"Seventy million is a round figure. There's parking revenue as well ... There's some penthouse units that are going to sell for even more. We haven't really figured out those things yet," Baronette said.

Some people have asked about buying an entire floor in the building, which will measure about 7,500 square feet.

While ORE said The Niagara will be a good addition to the city's residential real estate mix, some existing neighbours haven't been as welcoming. More than 200 people signed a petition urging council not to approve it. Council voted for it despite its planning department's recommendation against the tower. Now, a group of neighbours are planning to appeal the city's decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

"Anybody can appeal anything. If a group of ratepayers decides to pursue that avenue, that's something we have to deal with as a developer," Baronette said.

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It's great to see so much develpment in NF. Most of Western New York has been neglected by its leaders, and unfortunately development on the American side has lagged behind, way behind. That's why it's nice to be on the American side and look across and have such scenery. Without the Canadian side booming, the whole area would be very sad, and we Americans from this part of the US are happy to see things happening over there. It's a little like the way the best views of the Manhattan skyline are had from Brooklyn Heights or the Staten Island Ferry.

Does anyone have any information about any possible development in Fort Erie? It would be great to see such big things happening on the other side of the Peace Bridge, the way they're doing things on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. The city of Buffalo is currently experiencing a construction boom, and it would sure be nice to see cranes (and eventually more highrises) on both sides of the border.

The "official" website for Fort Erie talks about a growing population, and more residential construction, but it's quite vague about the details.
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This might be a stupid question but, is the tower on the US or Ca side?
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Old July 19th, 2006, 09:40 PM   #64
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This might be a stupid question but, is the tower on the US or Ca side?
Skylon Tower you mean? It's ont eh Canadian side. Actually, all of the tall buildings are on the Canadian side. The only tall building worth mentioning on the American side is Seneca Niagara Casino (and the observation deck that juts out into the gorge, if you want to count that).
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No, the new 29 storey tower! Anyways i already figured it out after i posted. Plus, i live in Buffalo and i know all the towers including the Skylon. but thanks anyway
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If you are on the NY side looking at the Niagara Falls Ontario skyline it would be maybe half a kilometer to the right of the Casino Niagara Tower.
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..The only tall building worth mentioning on the American side is Seneca Niagara Casino (and the observation deck that juts out into the gorge, if you want to count that).
That's not entirely true. The United Office Building is a gorgeous Art Deco Building, which is arguably the most significant building (architecturally speaking) on either side of the border. It is currently undergoing restoration and will soon be condominiums. Here's a blurb about it, and a link at the end in case you want to see the pics.

United Office Building
Niagara Falls, New York

The United Office Building will soon reclaim its rightful place as a bustling downtown Niagara Falls landmark. Upon completion of this important renovation project, downtown's long vacant signature building will be returned to a fully functioning asset, signaling the re-emergence of Niagara Falls as a vibrant international gateway for Western New York.

The United Office Building, built in 1929 and designed in the art deco style of that era, is located at 220 Rainbow Boulevard North, in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls. At 20 stories in height, the building’s upper floors offer commanding panoramic views of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Gorge, as well as the city and surrounding area. In August of 2005, the United Office Building was nominated for listing on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The historical and architectural significance of this building represents a link to the city's past that will also be part of its future.

An example of a successful private-public partnership with USA Niagara and the City of Niagara Falls, First Street Group, LLC, an affiliate of Buffalo-based Ellicott Development Company, will invest approximately $6.5 million into this project. Their development plan proposes approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial office space and 27 luxury apartments for the 77,000 square foot, 20-story building. The office space will be located on the first six floors of the building and the apartments on the 7th through 18th floors. The first floor of the building will also include the main entrance lobby, which will be returned to its original grandeur. The apartments will range in size from approximately 1,200 square feet to over 2,700 square feet. As elements of their restoration plans, Ellicott Development will also provide paving, lighting, security, and landscaping for a parking lot with access control for the building's residents.

For more information about the United Office Building or to inquire on available space, please contact:

Paul Gregory
Ellicott Development Company
295 Main Street, Suite 210
Buffalo, NY 14203
716.854.0060

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Old August 3rd, 2006, 11:26 PM   #68
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If anyone is interested in golf you may be excited to hear expansion at one of Niagara's top golf destinations was approved recently:

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Council OKs golf course expansion

COREY LAROCQUE / Review Staff Writer
Local News - Tuesday, August 01, 2006 @ 02:00

Grand Niagara golf course got city approval to expand its resort, but still needs to overcome opposition from its Grassy Brook Road neighbours to get the road closures a resort representative says it needs.

"That's the talk of the town where we live," said Denis Boulet, summing up the rural residents' concerns about the golf resort's expansion plans.

Grand Niagara opened its Rhys Jones-designed course last year south of the Welland River and north of Biggar Road. The company also has plans for another course, a hotel and a "lifestyle residential community" of townhouse condominiums.

They had asked city council for zoning and official plan amendments needed to expand onto 22 hectares west of Morris Road and eight hectares north of Grassy Brook Road. They also want to add a 220-unit residential area.

On a recorded vote, council voted 8-1 in favour of the zoning and official plan amendments.
Ald. Janice Wing voted against them.

Grand Niagara's plans also call for the city to close Crowland Avenue between Grassy Brook Road and Biggar Road as well as sections of Grassy Brook Road near the clubhouse.

Grand Niagara needs the road closures, so they can build new private approaches to their hotel and resort complex, said the company's planning consultant Glen Schnarr.

"We want to create a sense of arrival that meets people's expectations and provides for safety and security," Schnarr said.

Some residents of the rural area oppose the road closures, saying they were there first. Closing roads would force them to drive out of their way on roads that are in bad shape. Boulet predicted it would add 5,000 kilometres a year to his family's travels.

"If they do close it, we'd like to be compensated for it," he said.

Though council granted approvals under the Planning Act to allow the course to expand, under the Municipal Act, the road closures will need a separate vote and another public meeting.

"We'll continue to absolutely do our best to come to some consensus on the road closings," Schnarr said.

Longtime residents of Grassy Brook Road said they're concerned the resort's plans keep changing. They have voiced their concerns at several public meetings since 2000 whenever Grand Niagara's plans become grander.

"This development is mushrooming into a huge proposal that has gone way over what anybody expected it to be," said Bob Robinson, who has lived on Grassy Brook Road for 40 years.

Grand Niagara represents an investment of at least $250 million, said Schnarr, calling it one of the largest private-sector projects in Niagara Falls.

The company has committed too much already not to continue its resort plans. But without the road closures, the quality of the project would be compromised, he said. They're working with partners like Hilton, Vintage Inns and Brookfield Homes on the hotel and condos at the resort. Those partners might reconsider their involvement if they can't get the secluded setting closing the public roads would create.

Grand Niagara is becoming "an anchor in the southwest corner," said Ald. Selina Volpatti. "I think we have to look at the larger vision here."

Closing Crowland Road would remove a dangerous intersection where it meets Biggar Road, not far from a railway crossing, Volpatti said.

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..and in other news, an old Power Station with beautiful architecture will be handed over to the Niagara Parks commission next year and eventually turned into a tourist attraction, most likely some sort of museum.

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Power station gearing up for new life; Rediscovering Niagara

ROBIN HEALEY / Review Staff Writer
Local News - Tuesday, August 01, 2006 @ 02:00

After 33 years of dormancy, there is new activity behind the columns of the Toronto Power Generating Station.

But the stately building that sits above the falls won't be used to generate electricity. It is being dismantled 100 years after it was built.

In May, around 50 workers began removing the machinery inside. They are expected to clear out the plant, but leave the building intact by January of next year, said Rick Everdell, director of project management for the hydroelectric division of the Ontario Power Generation.

OPG will turn over building to the Niagara Parks Commission when the work is completed. The commission will then assess the building before its future is decided, said Marika Kozachenko, who is managing the commission's takeover of the power station.

The building's massive interior and grand facade have provoked interest ever since it was decommissioned in 1973.
In 1983 it underwent a trial as a science and engineering museum. Nine years ago there was talk of turning it into a museum or a tourist attraction.

"This was a real showpiece at the time," said Dean Norton, public affairs officer for OPG. He said the Electrical Development Company completed the building in 1906 using the designs of celebrated Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, who also designed Toronto's Old City Hall and Casa Loma.

"As far as I know, there's nothing else comparable," added Everdell. He said the architecture was enhanced because of its location on parks land by the falls.

Parks Canada designated the building a national historic site in 1983 for its importance to early power generation and its Beaux-Arts style of architecture. The style combined classical Greek and Roman design with Renaissance forms.

"With the concrete columns you'd think they were holding up the world," said Norton.

He said water dropped down through the bay at the back of the building and turned turbines that drove the generators on the main floor when the plant was operational. After the water went through the turbines, it flowed over the falls.

The building's proximity to the falls allowed for a famous rescue in 1918, added Norton.

A scow broke loose from its towing tug and was headed over the falls. The two men aboard opened the scow's bottom dumping doors to sink it, but were left stranded in the Niagara River.

Rescuers shot a line out from the roof of the powerhouse with a breeches-buoy to save the men the next day.

There are several reasons for the station being decommissioned, Everdell said.

He said a geological phenomenon called rock squeeze shifted the rock around the wheel pit, which is buried deep below the building and houses the turbines. The shifting rock threw the machinery out of alignment, causing it to deteriorate.

The generating station also needed a costly upgrade to produce 60 hertz of power instead of 25 hertz and was inefficient compared to the Sir Adam Beck complex.

Despite its deficiencies as a power plant, the exterior and the marble entrance have endured.

"You could take a bucket of soapy water to (the entrance) and it would look brand new," said Norton.

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Has anyone heard of any projects going on this winter, or is this place at a complete standstill, I personally hope that investors push through, and don't give up on this place, because as soon as you throw in the towel forget it, it will be a snowball affect and soon everything you just added for the last ten years was for nothing. I know they have a big budget for advertising in the states, but they need something on a grander scale, like hosting a world class event like Las Vegas does, to get more people here. And let them know that you don't need a passport and may never need one, who knows? I know that the world poker tournament is coming here, but they can't stop there they need to keep going to make this a true year round destination. I know this isn't Calgary or Toronto but is there anyone with leads on upcoming projects?
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I'ts really hard living in a area that has nothing going on ever, and no enthusiasm for the area as well, I guess if your not into Toronto developments or Mississauga than you will never have anything new to read on here. oh well back to reality.
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I've heard that Cirque Niagara has been doing relatively well, so the Niagara Parks will probably construct a permanent structure for them for next year as they are supposed to be in Niagara Falls for years to come.

I think Great Wolf Lodge will be working on the park they purchased (attached to the property) and develop their outdoor winter park with a skating path. From what I've also heard Great Wolf Lodge has been doing great business.

Apart from those two, that is all I can think of going on... maybe some renovations here and there. Hopefully the other projects get off the ground. I would love to see the Clifton Hill amusement park be developed, Hilton expansion, and Rainbow Tower Hotel.
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Multi-Use 5,500 Seat Arena Facility needed!
For those interested, and even if you are not a resident of Niagara Falls, many local people are asking for support for a proposal put forth by a group of investors consisting of Steve Ludzik, Don Cherry and a few other names. To put an OHL franchise in the Niagara Falls area. As of right now NF has a 3000 seat arena on the table, set to begin constuction in the near future, the Ludzik group wants to increase the size of the arena to 5500 seats and bring in the OHL. What most people in the area would like to see is not just a new arena for hockey but also a multi/purpose facility built to accomodate hockey tournaments, lacrosse, arena football, world class ice skating shows, boxing, wrestling, political and religious conventions,trade shows, and other types of entertainment that currently tour North America. This is impossible with a 3000 seat arena, that will most likely have nothing special added to it. IMO this is what NF is desperately lacking for not only the millions of tourists to the area, but also for it's tax paying citizens. Please if you are interested, these are the e/mail addresses of the mayor and council members, and please keep it short and positive.

Following are the e-mail addresses of the NF council;
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Selena Volpatti: [email protected];
Jim Diodotti: [email protected];
Jance Wing: [email protected];
Victor Pietrangelo: [email protected];
Caroline Ioannoni: [email protected]
Wayne Campbell: [email protected]
Vince Kerrio: [email protected]
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Just on a smaller note, was talking to a higher up at the Hilton today, and there is still plans of the addition, stupid me forgot to ask when they plan on starting this, but it is still going to happen. Talked to somebody at the skylon and they haven't heard anything about the Westin tower going up on the property. I am going to just throw everything on here that I read or here about, hopefully people will respond, but if not I'll just read my own crap. lol
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It's great to see so much develpment in NF. Most of Western New York has been neglected by its leaders, and unfortunately development on the American side has lagged behind, way behind. That's why it's nice to be on the American side and look across and have such scenery. Without the Canadian side booming, the whole area would be very sad, and we Americans from this part of the US are happy to see things happening over there. It's a little like the way the best views of the Manhattan skyline are had from Brooklyn Heights or the Staten Island Ferry.

Does anyone have any information about any possible development in Fort Erie? It would be great to see such big things happening on the other side of the Peace Bridge, the way they're doing things on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. The city of Buffalo is currently experiencing a construction boom, and it would sure be nice to see cranes (and eventually more highrises) on both sides of the border.
The "official" website for Fort Erie talks about a growing population, and more residential construction, but it's quite vague about the details.
I realize that these questions were asked quite awhile ago, but to awnser your question,no there are 0 proposals in the Fort and I really doubt if there will be in the near future, to bad too because there is some incredible potential there.
Since on the American Northeast site, Niagara Falls doesn't seem to get much consideration, I think if any Western New Yorkers have any info on your side I would love to here about it, after all this is about the development of this tourist destination on both sides of the border, believe me people want to see that side do well too.
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That's not entirely true. The United Office Building is a gorgeous Art Deco Building, which is arguably the most significant building (architecturally speaking) on either side of the border. It is currently undergoing restoration and will soon be condominiums. Here's a blurb about it, and a link at the end in case you want to see the pics.

United Office Building
Niagara Falls, New York

The United Office Building will soon reclaim its rightful place as a bustling downtown Niagara Falls landmark. Upon completion of this important renovation project, downtown's long vacant signature building will be returned to a fully functioning asset, signaling the re-emergence of Niagara Falls as a vibrant international gateway for Western New York.

The United Office Building, built in 1929 and designed in the art deco style of that era, is located at 220 Rainbow Boulevard North, in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls. At 20 stories in height, the building’s upper floors offer commanding panoramic views of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Gorge, as well as the city and surrounding area. In August of 2005, the United Office Building was nominated for listing on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The historical and architectural significance of this building represents a link to the city's past that will also be part of its future.

An example of a successful private-public partnership with USA Niagara and the City of Niagara Falls, First Street Group, LLC, an affiliate of Buffalo-based Ellicott Development Company, will invest approximately $6.5 million into this project. Their development plan proposes approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial office space and 27 luxury apartments for the 77,000 square foot, 20-story building. The office space will be located on the first six floors of the building and the apartments on the 7th through 18th floors. The first floor of the building will also include the main entrance lobby, which will be returned to its original grandeur. The apartments will range in size from approximately 1,200 square feet to over 2,700 square feet. As elements of their restoration plans, Ellicott Development will also provide paving, lighting, security, and landscaping for a parking lot with access control for the building's residents.

For more information about the United Office Building or to inquire on available space, please contact:

Paul Gregory
Ellicott Development Company
295 Main Street, Suite 210
Buffalo, NY 14203
716.854.0060

http://www.usaniagara.com/projects_display.asp?id=1

I would love to get an update on this project. They've been saying that same blurb up there for the past I dunno how many years. The facade restoration photos on the website a nearly a year old.
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Information from Niagara Development Department:

1) the new 59 storey Rainbow tower and hotel project is currently in a
holding pattern. The necessary amending zoning by-law has not been
passed yet and a section 37 agreement is still outstanding. We understand
that the owner may be contemplating a redesign.

2) we are working on the amending by-law and the section 37 agreement
for the 58 storey Hilton expansion.

3) we know of no plans for any further rides at the HOCO site right
now but they have zoning to allow them to do so.

4) we have heard about a potential Westin hotel but have seen nothing
to date.

5) we are in the process of preparing the amending by-law and section
37 agreement for the condo on River Road

6) I suggest you check the newspaper for updates on the downtown.

7) we believe the aquarium will proceed when the developer is prepared
to build it

8) I can't answer your question about the casino building a separate
offsite project/venue

I hope this answers your questions.

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I would love to get an update on this project. They've been saying that same blurb up there for the past I dunno how many years. The facade restoration photos on the website a nearly a year old.
Well I can tell you from personal observation that the project is looking very, very good. I was in Niagara Falls, NY a couple of nights ago to see The Pretenders at the Seneca Niagara Casino, and I drove by this building to see if there was any progress. I was impressed with what I saw. In addition to this building's rennovation, many of the streets are finally being resurfaced, with new curbs, trees, and planters. This streetscaping is following years and years of neglect, so I'd say that the City of Niagara Falls deserves some credit (It's about time!) for beginning to make some real noticeable improvements.
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Development in the Niagara Region

Here's a story about another golf course (this one on the US Side) just north of the City of Niagara Falls, in the town of Lewiston.

Famed golf course design firm to develop Seneca project
By Sarah Moses
Tribune Business News
JulY 12, 2006

World-renowned golf course design firm Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects has been chosen to develop the Seneca Nation's 18-hole championship level golf course.

Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel representatives announced earlier this year that the nation had purchased 257 acres of land in the western New York town of Lewiston for the development of the course. After a search for architects, the nation announced June 26 that they selected the Robert Trent Jones II firm for the job.

"We are very excited to be working with the Senecas on this project," said Jim Simonini, associate director of business development for Robert Trent Jones II.

The firm has designed more than 230 courses in 38 countries, including the Kaluhyat Golf Club at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in New York and the Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course in New Mexico.

"We work with the land when we are designing a course," Simonini said. "We don't try to force a design style to the site. We want to disturb as little of the land as possible and we try to make the course as natural as possible."

Seneca Niagara Falls Gaming Corp. officials said in a press release that they envision a high-end facility that will attract significant play from outside the local area and could host professional events.

"The course will be designed to provide a fun game for every golfer and it will also challenge even the best players," Simonini said.

The Senecas expect to spend $10 million to $15 million on the project. Simonini said the course is in the beginning conceptual stages and is expected to open in 2008.

"We spend a great deal of time on each site," he said. "We try to protect the land and preserve the land, while creating a course that challenges every shot."
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..and in other news, an old Power Station with beautiful architecture will be handed over to the Niagara Parks commission next year and eventually turned into a tourist attraction, most likely some sort of museum.

http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/web...0News&classif=

Power station gearing up for new life; Rediscovering Niagara

ROBIN HEALEY / Review Staff Writer
Local News - Tuesday, August 01, 2006 @ 02:00

After 33 years of dormancy, there is new activity behind the columns of the Toronto Power Generating Station.

But the stately building that sits above the falls won't be used to generate electricity. It is being dismantled 100 years after it was built.

In May, around 50 workers began removing the machinery inside. They are expected to clear out the plant, but leave the building intact by January of next year, said Rick Everdell, director of project management for the hydroelectric division of the Ontario Power Generation.

OPG will turn over building to the Niagara Parks Commission when the work is completed. The commission will then assess the building before its future is decided, said Marika Kozachenko, who is managing the commission's takeover of the power station.

The building's massive interior and grand facade have provoked interest ever since it was decommissioned in 1973.
In 1983 it underwent a trial as a science and engineering museum. Nine years ago there was talk of turning it into a museum or a tourist attraction.

"This was a real showpiece at the time," said Dean Norton, public affairs officer for OPG. He said the Electrical Development Company completed the building in 1906 using the designs of celebrated Canadian architect E.J. Lennox, who also designed Toronto's Old City Hall and Casa Loma.

"As far as I know, there's nothing else comparable," added Everdell. He said the architecture was enhanced because of its location on parks land by the falls.

Parks Canada designated the building a national historic site in 1983 for its importance to early power generation and its Beaux-Arts style of architecture. The style combined classical Greek and Roman design with Renaissance forms.

"With the concrete columns you'd think they were holding up the world," said Norton.

He said water dropped down through the bay at the back of the building and turned turbines that drove the generators on the main floor when the plant was operational. After the water went through the turbines, it flowed over the falls.

The building's proximity to the falls allowed for a famous rescue in 1918, added Norton.

A scow broke loose from its towing tug and was headed over the falls. The two men aboard opened the scow's bottom dumping doors to sink it, but were left stranded in the Niagara River.

Rescuers shot a line out from the roof of the powerhouse with a breeches-buoy to save the men the next day.

There are several reasons for the station being decommissioned, Everdell said.

He said a geological phenomenon called rock squeeze shifted the rock around the wheel pit, which is buried deep below the building and houses the turbines. The shifting rock threw the machinery out of alignment, causing it to deteriorate.

The generating station also needed a costly upgrade to produce 60 hertz of power instead of 25 hertz and was inefficient compared to the Sir Adam Beck complex.

Despite its deficiencies as a power plant, the exterior and the marble entrance have endured.

"You could take a bucket of soapy water to (the entrance) and it would look brand new," said Norton.

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I was in the area for my annual vacation to Port Colborne. I noticed work on the Power Station as I drove by it one day. The area will look nice once the station is restored and the construction fences are removed.
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