Niagara Gazette

Local News

August 19, 2013

State officials to discuss vacant Rainbow Mall property on Tuesday

Niagara Gazette — State economic development officials are expected to announce some new details Tuesday about the future of the vacant portion of the old Rainbow Centre Mall building.

A spokesperson for the state-run Empire State Development Corp. confirmed plans for a press conference this afternoon where more detailed information will be made available about a pair of development groups that have expressed interest in reviving roughly 200,000 square feet of empty space inside the building. 

In April, the state-run USA Niagara Development Corp. issued a request for qualifications from prospective development teams for the adaptive reuse and redevelopment of the vacant section of the building. The move followed the fall 2012 opening of the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, which is already operating inside the former mall site.  

Last year, state officials working with experts from the Urban Land Institute, undertook a week-long effort to identify potential uses for the empty section of the building. The RFQ was developed based on recommendations from ULI and a short list of qualified respondents were asked to submit detailed requests for proposals. 

State officials had planned to name a preferred master developer for the project before the end of this year. Criteria for selection included teams that demonstrated "extensive experience in design, finance, development, construction and operations of large-scale urban mixed-use complexes incorporating retail, office, institutional and entertainment components." 



Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results