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" THE CITY OF THUNDER "



HIGHRISE IMAGE PROPOSALS

Rainbow Plaza Hotel 229 m 59 floors:


Proposed Hilton expansion 52 floors:




Hampton Inn 30 stories

Skylon North and South Tower 26 & 24 floors:

Skylon Holiday Inn Tower

Westin Hotel/Hotel at Jolley cut 27 floors:

"Skywheel" Amusement Park and Comfort Suites:



Marriott @ Courtyard:



Crowne Plaza Hotel "On Hold" Eighth Wonder Hotel & Condominiums


Marineland Parkway Luxury Condominiums



Eagle Valley Condominiums 10 Floors:

Niagara Falls Sports and Entertainment Centre

Niagara Convention & Civic Centre.....Image Is Example Only


Ripley's Aquirium of Canada


Skylon Tower Pavilion

Skylon Development, New Niagara Falls Tourism Centre:



FUTURE SKYLINE?




HTEL PROJECTS COMPLETED:
1. RENAISSANCE FALLSVIEW.......16 FLOORS 1986
2. PARK PLAZA HOTEL.................11 FLOORS 1998
3. MARRIOT FALLSVIEW .............20 FLOORS 1998
4. THE HILTON............................30 FLOORS 1999
5. SHERATON ON THE FALLS........22 FLOORS 1999
6. RADISSON HOTEL...................15 FLOORS 2000
7. SHERATON FALLSVIEW ...........31 FLOORS 2000
8. MARRIOTT COURTYARD..........10 FLOORS 2000
9. CLARION HOTEL .....................8 FLOORS 2000
10. DAYS INN BY THE FALLS.........7 FLOORS 2001
11. MARRIOTT FALLSVIEW .........13 FLOORS 2001
12. SUPER 8 MOTEL ....................7 FLOORS 2001
13. EMBASSY SUITES ..................36 FLOORS 2003
14. OAKES HOTEL .......................22 FLOORS 2003
15. DAYS INN CLIFTON HILL........7 FLOORS 2003
16. DOUBLETREE RESORT.......... 18 FLOORS 2004
17. FALLSVIEW CASINO ..............32 FLOORS 2004
18. GREAT WOLF LODGE............. 3 FLOORS 2006
19. QUALITY HOTEL ...................11 FLOORS
20. IMPERIAL TOWERS................7 FLOORS
21. HAMPTON INN ......................6 FLOORS
22. RAMADA RESORT ..................6 FLOORS
23. BEST WESTERN ....................6 FLOORS
24. HOWARD JOHNSON...............6 FLOORS
25. COMFORT INN........................8 FLOORS


CMMERCIAL PROJECTS COMPLETED:
1. MACBAIN COMMUNITY CENTRE
2. HOME DEPOT
3. WALMART
4. ZELLERS
5. CANADIAN TIRE
6. A&P GROCERY STORE
7. STAPLES
8. REITMANS
9. FAIRWEATHER
10.PENNINGTONS
11.FASHION MAX
12.MOORES CLOTHING
13.FABRICLAND
14.SLEEP COUNTRY
15.SLEEP FACTORY
16.EB GAMES
17.MARKS WORK WAREHOUSE
18.PAYLESS SHOES
19.HALLMARK
20.SPORTMART
21.SPORTCHEK
22.CINEPLEX ODEON THEATRE
23.WINNERS
24.FUTURE SHOP
25.LINENS N THINGS
26.PETCETERA
27.SOBEYS
28.SHOPPERS DRUG MART EXPANSION
29.CANADA ONE FACTORY OUTLET
30.CARDINAL KIA DEALERSHIP
31.FALLS CHEVROLET
32.MITSUBISHI DEALERSHIP
33.AUTOVALUE HYUNDAI
34.APPLEBEES
35.BOSTON PIZZA
36.REMINGTONS
37.TGI FRIDAYS
38.TONY ROMAS
39.MONTANAS STEAK & SEAFOOD
40.OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
41.HOOTERS
42.SWISS CHALET
43.A YOUNG GARDEN
44.CANYON CREEK CHOPHOUSE "FALLSVIEW CASINO"

ATTRACTIONS CMPLETED:
1. CASINO NIAGARA
2. FALLSVIEW CASINO
3. GREG FREWIN THEATRE "Master Illusionist"
4. WORLDS TALLEST TRIPLE TOWER RIDE
5. FIRST EVER WWE OUTLET STORE + PILEDRIVER TOWER DROP
6. HERSHEYS CHOCOLATE STORE
7. MGM MEMORABILIA STORE
8. PLANET HOLLYWOOD
9. HARD ROCK CAFE
10. HARD ROCK CLUB
11. RAINFOREST CAFE
12. WOLFGANG PUCK
13. AVALON BALLROOM "Fallsview Casino"
14. SPORTS ZONE
15. CIRQUE NIAGARA "AVAIA"
16. YUK YUK'S "Casino Niagara"
17. OH CANADA EH! DINNER THEATRE
18. IMAX THEATRE
19. BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY
20. NIAGARA FALLS AVIARI "Birds of the Lost Kingdom"
21. FALLSVIEW INDOOR WATERPARK
22. GREAT WOLF LODGE and INDOOR WATERPARK
23. AMERICANA INDOOR WATERPARK
24. CLASSIC IRON MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
25. LOUIS TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM
26. MOVIELAND WAX MUSEUM
27. GREAT CANADIAN MIDWAY
28. GALAXY GOLF " Glow in the Dark"
28. GHOST BLASTERS & FX THRILL RIDE
29. MAD RACER 4-D
30. DINO ISLAND 3-D & 7th PORTAL 4-D
31. DINO RAMPAGE 4-D & DEEP SEA 4-D
32. RIPLEYS MOVING THEATRE 4-D
33. SPIDERMAN ULTIMATE RIDE & FUNHOUSE
34. MGM GREAT MOVIE JOURNEY
35. PINK PANTHER BALLOON RIDE
36. NIAGARA "SKYWHEEL " GONDOLA RIDE!

NIAGARA SKYWHEEL

GREAT WOLF LODGE & "INDOOR WATERPARK"



FALLSVIEW WATERPARK


"SKYSCREAMER" AT MARINELAND

"WWE" PILEDRIVER RIDE

PLANET HOLLYWOOD


HARD ROCK CAFE

FALLSVIEW CASINO

CASINO NIAGARA

AVALON BALLROOM

GREG FREWIN THEATRE AND MAGIC SHOW


ATTRACTIONS CLIFTON HILL

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you cant deny it, niagara falls is reaching for the sky
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seen them all but the condo and the marriot court yard. It be nice if the guy would beable to build the crown to. but I hear he can't clam i money legally.
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way to go Niagara...it's been a decade since i've been there...gotta make a trip...
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BUILDINGS THAT ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

MOTEL 6


COUNTRY INN & SUITES



GREG FREWIN THEATRE HOTEL



GREATER NIAGARA GENERAL HOSPITAL


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Yep looks like a turist trap.
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I would imagine that the United State's Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will have a significant impact on whether many of these proposed developments actually are built. If and when Americans are required to have passports to enter or re-enter the United States, the number of Americans heading to Niagra Falls will continue to decline. I wonder if any increase in Asian and European tourists will be able to fill the additional rooms in all these proposed hotels when WHTI comes into affect over the next 4 to 16 months. I cannot imagine very many of these huge projects getting off the ground until the passport issue is resolved.
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Yep looks like a turist trap.
What exactly is a "tourist" trap anyway? I mean is New York a tourist trap, how about Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlantic city, Dubai, of course. All these places introduce the same so called seedy elements to there cities, yet it's ok because they are not building it around a natural wonder. I guess if it was just a desert it would be ok, you know the catch phrase, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Now that's seedy. See I love both sides of Niagara, the beauty of the parkway and the falls, and the excitement of the carnival act that is Clifton Hill. It has something for everone, and you don't have to be a part of the tourist trap too enjoy it.
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THE "NIAGARA" NEW CONDO TOWER OVERLOOKING THE FALLS

Condo will attract new people to city: Developer

COREY LAROCQUE
Local News - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 @ 02:00

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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THIS BEAUTIFUL BUILDING IS AN ATTRACTION IN ITSELF

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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CITY LOOKING TO REVITALIZE THE DOWNTOWN.

City budget needs $36M more: Report

Cash for downtown projects

By Corey Larocque
Local News - Saturday, May 27, 2006 @ 02:00

NIAGARA FALLS City council should spend about $36 million between now and 2008 creating the right conditions to encourage more activity in the downtown area, a report from the city’s finance department says.

“We’ve designated downtown as an area for revitalization,” said Ald. Wayne Campbell, chairman of the city’s corporate services committee. “We’ve got a developer (interested in investing). There needs to be some further money into the ground.”

The report is on the agenda for a budget amendment meeting Monday at 6 p.m.

It lists three downtown projects and associated costs:

n $14.1 million to construct a parking garage

n $12.8 million for streetscaping, sewers, new lighting and road reconstruction

n $8.7 million for parks

n $540,000 in associated legal and planning costs

The report says the city would have to borrow about $27.8 million of the $36 million costs. Applying $6.75 million from the sale of city-owned land at the northwest corner of McLeod and Montrose roads would also go toward the downtown project. They could find $2 million from other funds already existing in the budget, the report states.


Though the report put the full cost of the improvements at more than $36 million, Mayor Ted Salci said assistance from other governments could reduce the city’s commitment. If Niagara Falls can get the federal and provincial governments to contribute one-third of the cost each, the city’s commitment would drop to about $12 million.

“We’ve got to focus our attention over the next year or so on getting those monies,” said Salci, who has often said he would only support a downtown project “if it makes sense financially.”

“I don’t want to see that borne on the backs of the taxpayers’ assessment,” Salci said.

Since 2004, council has adopted recommendations in two studies aimed at revitalizing downtown the Community Improvement Plan and the Strategic Implementation Plan.

Both studies recommend public money be used to make the area more attractive. But they indicated those improvements be made over a longer period that is being suggested now.

The pressure to move faster came earlier this year when New York City businessman Aaron Lichtman presented the Historic Niagara plan. Lichtman has said a group of investors will spend $100 million to renovate commercial property they own and attract a variety of retailers to the Queen Street area. But Lichtman has said the city’s public realm improvements need to be in place by 2008.

Lichtman had said he planned to be in Las Vegas for a convention this week, promoting to retailers the idea of setting up shop in Niagara Falls. He could not be reached to comment on whether the proposed budget changes would give his investors what they need to move ahead.

City council members support the goals of the Community Improvement Plan and Strategic Implementation Plan. But they are divided over how much money they should commit and how quickly it should unfold.

“I support the CIP. I always have,” said Ald. Janice Wing. “I can’t support doing that much in so short a period of time.”

The city shouldn’t go further into debt over the downtown project when roads and sewers need work and there are drainage problems in the rural areas of Niagara Falls, Wing said.

The $36 million council will consider adding to its capital budget Monday is in addition to the budget passed in March. That five-year plan called for the city to spend $156 million over five years on construction projects.

A capital budget is a five-year plan for spending on big-ticket items. Typically, it shows how to pay for large construction projects using long-term borrowing.

Under the budget that has been passed, the city’s debt would peak at about $53 million in 2008. It would cost about $7 million a year to pay the interest and principal repayment on a debt that size.

Adding more spending to the capital budget isn’t a guarantee it will happen. Every year, politicians adjust their capital budget to fit their current financial position.

“We can pretty well put that into next year’s budget and have a sober second look at it then,” Campbell said.

But the reason for showing the downtown improvements occurring by 2008 is to give Historic Niagara the confidence it needs to proceed.

“There would be no purpose to change that unless they weren’t walking down the same path with us,” Campbell said.

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I would imagine that the United State's Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will have a significant impact on whether many of these proposed developments actually are built. If and when Americans are required to have passports to enter or re-enter the United States, the number of Americans heading to Niagra Falls will continue to decline. I wonder if any increase in Asian and European tourists will be able to fill the additional rooms in all these proposed hotels when WHTI comes into affect over the next 4 to 16 months. I cannot imagine very many of these huge projects getting off the ground until the passport issue is resolved.
I absolutely agree with you upinottawa, but I do know that some of these projects are indeed being pushed through, I've also heard that the parcel of land directly across from the Oakes Hotel is going to be developed into a 20 story hotel. I have also talked to members of the Hilton who say that the expansion is a go in the near future. Here is what the city engineering department had to say:
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The new 59 storey Rainbow tower and hotel project is currently in aholding 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. We are working on the amending by-law and the section 37 agreement for the 58 storey Hilton expansion. We have heard about a potential Westin hotel but have seen nothing to date. We are in the process of preparing the amending by-law and section 37 agreement for the condo on River Road. We believe the Great Wolf Lodge aquarium will proceed when the developer is prepared to build it.
I know that Niagara Falls is talking to the Chinese government to grant Canadian destinations permission to market to the country's 1.3 billion people. "Niagara Falls is a very revered destination with the Chinese." With the new passport law around the corner the Chinese market could make a huge difference in tourism, and could be a way of shoring up flagging American business. With that said there are numerous proposals on the table, they are even talking to a golf course about purchasing it for a Nascar track, we'll just wait and see what happens.
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THIS WOULD BE A HUGE INVESTMENT!

$300M Resort Expansion Planned for Niagara Falls

August 14, 2006
By Dees Stribling, Special Correspondent


Grand Niagara Resort Inc., a partnership that owns and operates a new golf course in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is planning a C$300 million expansion of the facility. At its completion, scheduled for 2010, the 800-acre complex will include another golf course, a Hilton hotel, conference facility, time-share condos, homesites, a winery and a pair of manmade lakes.

"The biggest driver for the development is that the area is lacking a 12-month conference destination," Graham Cocking, director of sales and marketing for Grand Niagara, told CPN this afternoon. "Also, there's a tremendous demand for a full-service golf resort."

According to Cocking, the Grand Niagara development will be the first such full-service golf resort built in Ontario in the last two decades. The development will also benefit from the fact that Niagara Falls is already an established tourist--and more recently, meeting--destination, he noted.

The project is a joint venture between A.D. Sharp Development Co. and the Consulate Development Group, both of Mississauga, Ontario. The JV has been assembling land for the project along the Welland River for about seven years. Last year it opened the 18-hole Grand Niagara Golf Course, which was designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones Inc.

Investors in the first course included golfer Greg Norman, who will lend his name to the second 18-hole course. The Hilton will include 350 rooms and a 20,000-square-foot spa and recreation area, and there will be about 300 time-share units and 220 homesites.


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I was in Niagara about a month ago for a little vacation. I dont know how they plan on filling all these new hotels. When I was there it was dead. On a weekend too. Even the Casino wasnt busy. I stayed at the Sheraton and they told me they were only 25% full. It really pissed me off as well that the city of Niagara falls charges a tax on top of everything purchased. I won't be back for a while.
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NYC is a huge city. So the buildings match the city. Niagara Falls last posted 76,000 people and they have a lot of high-rise buildings going up soon. The prices there are way to much. Working in the hotels and big restaurants and growing up there I really don't like it to much anymore. I use to be great but now all they want is money. The other downfall is they only higher seasonal.

I love Niagara on the lake its pricy but its beautiful. Everyone has there taste.
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I was in Niagara about a month ago for a little vacation. I dont know how they plan on filling all these new hotels. When I was there it was dead. On a weekend too. Even the Casino wasnt busy. I stayed at the Sheraton and they told me they were only 25% full. It really pissed me off as well that the city of Niagara falls charges a tax on top of everything purchased. I won't be back for a while.
I will agree that most things are overpriced, but if they intend to constantly lure peole to the area, then they had better start giving the public more incentives ie.. cheaper hotel rooms. I know another thing that has hurt the casino is that you can no longer smoke and you can in the Seneca casino in NF New York. Now I know the numbers are down, but living here I would never suggest that it is dead here, especially on a weekend. I have noticed that it seems to be alot busier in August than it was in July, but that's only my perspective. I think it is safe to say that because of the Falls themselves, this city will never "not" have people come too visit, it just might not be the same after the passport law comes into affect.
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Work continues on Niagara Square Mall, in this image you can see their new sign as well as the storefronts of the Future Shop, Linen & Things, Petcetera and inside the mall opening August 24th, is Winners.
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Looking great I have been, wanting to go back home and see the square. But sad thing is the rest of the building is not symmetric with the other 3/4 of the building. I hope that when it’s finished it will boost the mall and make it a lot better.
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Local News - Tuesday, August 22, 2006 @ 02:00

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City council will spend about $40,000 on an independent market study to try to convince senior government levels to contribute to a plan to revive downtown by turning it into a retail shopping district.

Council voted 6-2 Monday to get an independent market study and business plan, eight months after first hearing investor Aaron Lichtman's Historic Niagara downtown revitalization plan.

It will provide the kind of information the city will need whether it's Lichtman or some other investor who is going to revive the ailing business area, said Ald. Wayne Campbell. The market study is expected to take three months to complete.

Lichtman, a New York City-based businessman, has said he can bring $100-million in private investment to attract retail chains to spruced-up downtown buildings. But the plan can only work if the city can guarantee about $36 million worth of improvements to the area, including a parking garage and new parks, he has said.

City politicians have said they hope to split the $36-million public portion evenly among the city, province and federal governments.


The downtown issue had been simmering since the spring, but flared up Monday after four council members met last week with Ontario's public infrastructure minister David Caplan.

Ald. Carolynn Ioannoni said she asked Caplan directly whether or not the province would contribute. His comments revealed it's going to be difficult to get the province's - and probably the federal government's - financial support for the plan, she said.

"Let's not dream in Technicolor. We don't have federal and provincial money," Ioannoni said.

When they met Caplan at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario convention last week, he left Ioannoni with the impression Ontario would be more interested in supporting a convention centre here than in backing the downtown project.

Mayor Ted Salci said after the council meeting it was "unfair" to put words in Caplan's mouth.

"It's unfair to suggest the minister, at this point, has said no. I'm not giving up yet," said Salci, who has often talked about splitting the cost of public-area improvements with senior levels of government.

"There's more than one way to skin a cat," the mayor said, adding there are many sources of government assistance available to explore.

To make the Historic Niagara Plan work, Niagara Falls will seek a big contribution from the province. But the concept hadn't been on the radar at Queen's Park.

In an Aug. 8 interview with the Review, Premier Dalton McGuinty said the Niagara Falls' downtown plan had not yet come to his attention. McGuinty said he was "delighted" the community had taken the initiative to develop a plan and he would be "very interested in learning more about the issue."

The study and business plan council voted to get will help convince the province to take part, Salci said.

Lichtman hired American marketing consultant Bob Gibbs to study the market that exists in Niagara Falls for a retail district. Gibbs had been involved in revitalizing Charleston, S.C., a city Lichtman has held up as a model for Niagara Falls.

It has been difficult for city officials to get much specific information from Lichtman about his business plan and investors, Ioannoni said.

"I'm starting to have a real problem with the monies we've spent and are continuing to spend, absent of any real information," she said. Ioannoni told council members she will make a motion at the Sept. 11 meeting that would limit the city's financial commitment to the downtown project to $12 million, even if the other government's won't contribute to it.

Campbell, who has consistently voted for the Historic Niagara plan, accused Ioannoni of taking a "disgruntled-employee approach" toward the project.

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