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Old Posted May 22, 2019, 1:03 AM
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Does anyone know where the dual-branded "new build" Hyatt Centric/Hyatt Regency will go at Fallsview and Murray?
Where the Best Western is. Part of that hotel was demolished last year. Don't know if they will take down all of it or just use the empty lot that is there now.
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Old Posted May 22, 2019, 2:38 AM
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Now that you mention it, that property is no longer on the Best Western website.
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Old Posted Jun 13, 2019, 3:45 PM
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3Bridges has purchased the Loretto Fallsview site, and is moving forward with the development. The three approved towers are getting a complete redesign, which will be unveiled in the fall.

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Hotel development at Loretto to include restoring historic Niagara Falls building

$1-billion plan includes towers of 32, 42 and 57 storeys

June 2, 2019 | by Ray Spiteri

The past met the future on one of the most historic sites in Niagara Falls Sunday.

About 20 graduates from the 1969 Loretto Academy class came together to celebrate their 50th reunion.

They also heard from representatives of 3Bridges Properties (Group) Corp., a Vancouver-based development company with plans to transform the 2.96-hectare (7.4-acre) property on Stanley Avenue into a luxury hotel and limited-edition residences.

The heart of the project, which 3Bridges Properties chief executive officer Dan Zhang said will be worth $1 billion, will incorporate the existing Loretto Academy building with its mansard roof and cupola. These architectural elements will be retained, conserved and restored into its river-facing facade.

He said the plan is to restore the roof that was destroyed by fire in 1938.

"Because this building has a lot of history, we will retain it and restore it. It's such a historic building that we want to make sure … it really remains a landmark as part of our vision for this whole property."

A 32-storey south tower, 57-storey central tower and 42-storey north tower will include a luxury hotel with "world-class amenities" and condominium residences above.

Zhang said 3Bridges plans to retain an architect with global experience and a Canadian contractor.

The project is still in design phase, so a construction start date has not been determined.

The development will be 3Bridges' first venture outside British Columbia. The company was founded in 2014.

"We are delighted to be able to introduce what will be three distinctive buildings into the Niagara Falls skyline," said Zhang.

"Our corporate vision is building three bridges — of diversified cultures in this multicultural city, of economic development in the area, and of friendship and understanding between Asia and North America. By honouring Loretto Academy's past, we pave the way for a bright future for this landmark address."

Zhang said many people in Asia know about Niagara Falls but haven't visited the destination.

"When completed, our project should attract millions more visitors from Asia and boost local tourism and create over 1,000 employment opportunities for the greater Niagara region."

He said 3Bridges purchased the property from Romzap Ltd. in February. Romzap purchased the property from the Loretto Sisters, a Roman Catholic order of nuns, in 2006 and had similar development plans.

The Loretto Sisters order dates back to 1861 when they transformed a run-down country inn known as the Canada House into a convent and school. Within a decade, Archbishop John Lynch gave the sisters the prized land above the falls for a new building.

The sisters ran a convent, boarding school and spiritual retreat there for 144 years.

Loretto Academy closed its boarding school in 1969 but continued as a day school called Loretto High School until 1982. From 1982 to 2005, the Loretto Christian Life Centre operated out of the building offering spiritual retreats to many Grade 8 students and various other groups.

It was announced in 2005 that the Stanley Avenue landmark was shutting its doors for good, as expensive upgrades would have been necessary to bring the centre up to modern standards. It closed later that year.

Zhang said the company wanted to recognize and honour the students who graduated from the institution 50 years ago.

About 20 students from the 1969 class attended a ceremony at the site Sunday afternoon, which included a tour of the building, an opportunity to learn about redevelopment plans, and a lunch catered by nearby Zappi's Pizzeria.

Niagara Falls resident and graduate Rosie Barillari said she looks back fondly on her time at Loretto.

"I remember that we had great teachers … there was such camaraderie and we had a great education," she said.

"To celebrate a 50th high school reunion with that many classmates, I really think is a rare thing."

Graduate Jackie Balfour credited 3Bridges for being "so gracious" to allow for the reunion on what us now its private property.

The Niagara Falls resident said she was glad to hear the Loretto structure will be retained and restored.

"This is a building with such heritage and meaning — it's a hallowed building, it's a sacred building," she said.

"Many young women and then eventually young men were educated here. I believe our education was ahead of its time. As young women, we were not being educated to be wives and mothers. We weren't taught to sew, we weren't taught to cook — we had a five-year arts and science program with a view to young women will be educated."

Graduate Karen Gregory, who now lives in Buffalo, said the reunion opportunity was "absolutely awesome."

"It's a dream come true. I never thought we'd be able to come here after the school had been sold. But through the help of so many people, here we are."

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Old Posted Jun 16, 2019, 6:13 PM
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Where the Best Western is. Part of that hotel was demolished last year. Don't know if they will take down all of it or just use the empty lot that is there now.

The property has disappeared from TripAdvisor as well -- indicating that it has likely closed. It remained relatively unchanged from the time I was a kid in the 1980s (stayed there a handful of times) -- while in town for work last year (and staying at the DoubleTree) I was amazed/impressed to the see the came balcony furnishings at the Best Western I recalled from 30+ years ago. For many years it was the Best Western Your Host (as in the Buffalo-based local restaurant chain). Prior to Stanley being widened/reconstructed I recall an additional small 'motel' section (with a Your Host diner) across the street -- I believe approximately where Tim Hortons is now located.

Sad to see it go but these "sprawling" hotel properties that have relatively few rooms on large parcels are quickly disappearing.
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2019, 4:54 AM
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Just returned from a quck stay at the adjacent Hilton. The former south building of the Best Western has not only been demolished but the site has been excavated along Murray from Stanley to Fallsview. Does not look like they are going down deep.

The northern wing appeared to be still in use and there are references online to a hotel entitled simply "Fallsview", but I can't seem to find where to book it. Google shows it as part of the Wyndham Garden.

The Hilton itself is heavily under construction at the street level. Grand marble staircase in the lobby - gone. Some restaurants closed for renovations. The skywalk from the casino to the new entertainment centre (which is looking huge) looks done but is not yet open. The top of the middle wing of the Hilton is being reconstructed as well, but I never had the chance to ask anyone what it will be.
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Old Posted Sep 2, 2019, 1:25 AM
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the middle wing of the Hilton is being reconstructed
Just an FYI, that middle building was the original hotel on that property, and it was a Days Inn.
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Construction update on the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre...


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Construction update on the Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre...
Has anything been said about when it will be finished and start having shows? The Fallsview Casino website and social media strangely have no mention of it at all, despite listing shows at the present smaller venue into March of 2020.
From the time they started building it through to the first few months of 2019, they were saying everything was on track for it to be finished and open in June 2019. Then in May, just before the new operators were about to take over, they suddenly changed it to "later this year", and as far as I know have said nothing since then.

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a new 72 floor Development proposed https://niagarafalls.ca/pdf/public-n...-am2019015.pdf
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Has anything been said about when it will be finished and start having shows? The Fallsview Casino website and social media strangely have no mention of it at all, despite listing shows at the present smaller venue into March of 2020.
From the time they stated building it through to the first few months of 2019, they were saying everything was on track for it to be finished and open in June 2019. Then in May, just before the new operators were about to take over, they suddenly changed it to "later this year", and as far as I know have said nothing since then.
I'm pretty sure they are try to open in January and the pool in march
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2019, 4:57 AM
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a new 72 floor Development proposed https://niagarafalls.ca/pdf/public-n...-am2019015.pdf
To me, this proposal is somewhat bizarre. There are so many tall hotels blocking the view of the falls. Why would you want to stay here?
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To me, this proposal is somewhat bizarre. There are so many tall hotels blocking the view of the falls. Why would you want to stay here?
It says it’s a mixed development so we will have to see How many hotel rooms there actually will be But it is a pretty crazy design especially for Niagara Falls and will be The ninth tallest building in Canada at 255 m
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A 32 floor apartment building and six floor apartment building proposed https://niagarafalls.ca/pdf/public-n...sedoct2019.pdf
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a new 72 floor Development proposed https://niagarafalls.ca/pdf/public-n...-am2019015.pdf
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It looks pretty sick not gonna lie a big contrast from the Hilton
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I'm pretty sure they are try to open in January and the pool in march
I looked at it in January 2019, when they were still saying everything was on track for it to open in June 2019. I recently looked at it again just a couple of of weeks ago, and the inside of it in particular looks the same as it did back in January. The only real difference I could see was that they had been very slowly adding some siding to the exterior. Supposedly there was a sheet metal workers strike for two months from early May to early July, but that doesn't explain the lack of progress for the rest of the year.
I think there might be some other reason (not yet made public) for why work on it has slowed down to a crawl for so long now.
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I looked at it in January 2019, when they were still saying everything was on track for it to open in June 2019. I recently looked at it again just a couple of of weeks ago, and the inside of it in particular looks the same as it did back in January. The only real difference I could see was that they had been very slowly adding some siding to the exterior. Supposedly there was a sheet metal workers strike for two months from early May to early July, but that doesn't explain the lack of progress for the rest of the year.
I think there might be some other reason (not yet made public) for why work on it has slowed down to a crawl for so long now.
I guess it can’t be easy building A pool on top of a hotel and the Loretto should be finalizing their plans soon so hopefully we get to see that
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a new 72 floor Development proposed https://niagarafalls.ca/pdf/public-n...-am2019015.pdf
This development has been approved

https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ne...niagara-falls/
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There is still no date being given for when the new theatre will be finished, other than now it obviously won't be in 2019.
https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/...entre-delayed/
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