NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - It looks like a major hotel project in downtown Niagara Falls can still become a reality. Monday morning it was announced that the $25 million project, which is currently tabled, has more support.
Niagara Falls City Council member Robert Anderson is now voting in favor of the project. The council is expected to vote Monday night. This means Amherst developer Mark Hamister will be moving forward with his Niagara Falls hotel project.
"I wanted a guarantee that when this construction project was being done, that it would be done by the people who work in the City of Niagara Falls itself," Anderson said Monday.
Hamister will purchase the land from the city for $100,000. The hotel will be the biggest non-casino project in Niagara Falls in 40 years. It will include 110 hotel rooms, 24 apartments and 8,000 square-feet of retail space. The project is estimated to generate 200 to 300 direct, indirect and induced jobs during construction and create 70 permanent jobs.
Empire State Development Regional President Sam Hoyt says the hotel is a tipping point. He said it sends a message to the development world that there is an interest private sector development in downtown Niagara Falls.
WATCH: Watch the second included video to hear from Mayor Paul Dyster on the issue
The hotel project has been stalled for about a month. Hamister needed one more approval from Niagara Falls lawmakers to build a hotel on a patch of city-owned pavement in the heart of downtown.
A mailer circulated in Niagara Falls, accusing Hamister of trying to con the city into giving up the empty lot. News 4 has learned that earlier this month Hamister was so upset by the mailer, he was all set to pull out of the project until Governor Cuomo personally contacted him and assured he was supporting the project.
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