Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) - The On again off again hotel project in Niagara Falls is back on.
Niagara Falls City Councilman Robert Anderson has decided to vote in favor of the $25.3 million Hamister Development project at Monday night's City Council Meeting. Anderson's vote will provide the needed third councilmember in favor of the project. Three votes are needed to move the project forward.
Regional President of Empire State Development Sam Hoyt played a big role in persuading Anderson's Vote. "I am very very please that we have had the opportunity to provide all the facts and information and answers to Mr. Anderson" Hoyt said, "and after a significant amount of dialog and thoughtful questions being asked, to be able to garner his support for this project."
The mixed use project that will feature a hotel will be the first non-casino new development of its size to break ground in Niagara Falls in over four decades. Anderson says he hopes it is the catalyst for even more development in Niagara Falls.
"Our area is probably one of the worst areas in the entire state that is suffering" Anderson said. "When I lived here, it was truly the seventh wonder of the world. We had 40 factories, and 126,000 people, and there's a possibility that we can get it to come back, but you have to start someplace and this could possibly be a great beginning for us."
The proposed project will develop on a city-owned site at 310 Rainbow Boulevard, and will be over 100,000 square feet, consisting of 110 upscale hotel rooms, 24 rental apartments, as well as ground level retail. It is expected to create 70 permanent jobs.
Anderson joins Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti and Councilman Charles Walker as supporters of the project.