I Like Turtles

7 Jun

While we criticize Buffalo’s downtown, let’s not forget that Niagara Falls, NY is an utter and complete failure when it comes to developing the parcels of land within easy walking distance of the state park. There are some B and C-list hotels nearby, the gorgeous park itself, the food court in the otherwise-empty flashcube, the eyesore that is the Rainbow Centre, and then there are the vacant lots.

One of the lots is being used to set up a year-round snowpark. Many of the others sport “Niagara Falls Redevelopment” signs, which have been there for at least half a decade with promised development upon them nowhere to be seen.

The Buffalo News examined the deal that the city reached with NFR, and notes that the city could have, but didn’t, adequately protected itself in the contract in the eventuality (which here came to fruition) that NFR would just sit on the properties.

At least in Buffalo, developers have a tendency to hire Cannon Design and pump it before they dump it.

It would seem prudent for cities and their law departments to occasionally retain private firms with an expertise in complicated commercial real estate transactions to ensure that big deals like this adequately ensure performance and protect the city. Lessons should have been learned from the Cordish deal for the Rainbow Centre, which has been uselessly empty for almost this entire decade.

People are there. Give them something to go to, and they’ll come.

4 Responses to “I Like Turtles”

  1. jen June 7, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    I seem to recall another ice cream vendor in NF had a hard time getting the special permits or whaever a number of years ago as reported by Hudson in the Reporter. Ice cream conspiracy anyone?

    I wonder what Buffalo and NF have against small businesses? Maybe it’s “who you know” and what plams one greases.

  2. mike June 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Please jen, hudson has been sticking up for NFR now for years, his claims that “they pay their taxes” so leave them alone! they will wait until someone wants the land, they hurry up and pump up the value to make a quick buck. Just like his buddies did with the closed water park, might of been the only summer bruno actually had a job. Yea hudson i know all about you and your so called friends, good luck with your soup kitchen.

  3. STEEL June 9, 2009 at 10:52 pm #

    Niagara Falls NY is a disgrace and a complete embarrassment. Millions of tourists trying to spend money pass within less than a 1/8 mile of this city’s downtown. Complete lack of leadership and incompetence has led to the disaster that exists today. A major gateway to the richest country on earth (ever) sitting next to one of the 7 natural wonders and NYS figures out how to blow it!

  4. mike June 10, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    But steel Niagara falls hasnt been a tourist town since the turn of the century. We were a town of factories for the last 100 years and people made a good living working in them.

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