NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Niagara Falls City Council was supposed to take up the $25 million Hamister Hotel project Tuesday night, but it was again tabled, and the delay could prove costly for the city.
After a recess for the month of August, council members returned expecting to vote on the project from developer Mark Hamister.
But Craig Johnson of the Niagara Falls Corporation Counsel stated, "I was hopeful a final agreement would be in place to hand to you today but that is just simply not the case. There have been some additional items and conditions put out there and we are doing the best we can with this."
Those additional conditions include a financial letter of commitment from the developer.
"In the past we always took everybody's word for it and we're still paying for properties that they never had the money in place," Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian explained.
But some council members feel another delay in a project that's already faced a series of hold ups may prove too much.
"I am baffled, I am frustrated, and I am angry. I don't understand what the hold up is with this," Council member Kristin Grandinetti said. "I don't think a man like that will run away. I think he'll just turn away and say I am going to go somewhere where people are reasonable to deal with because this is absurd."
Council members hope to vote on this project at their next meeting in two weeks.
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