Niagara Gazette — A Niagara Falls hotelier would like to open a new Courtyard Marriott hotel at a main entranceway into the city by next summer.
Econolodge owner B.F. Patel and his son, Nirel, told members of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency's Board of Directors on Wednesday that if all goes as planned they will begin turning the old Moore Business Forms office building at 900 Buffalo Ave. into a upscale, three-story hotel by May or June. The building's owners said they are expecting the entire project to be completed in about six months from the start of construction.
"This is what's going to be seen as soon as visitors come to the city of Niagara Falls," Nirel Patel said. "The second they come off the Robert Moses Parkway, this is going to be what welcomes them to the city of Niagara Falls.
The Patel family, through its company, Indian Ocean, LLC, has requested tax break assistance through the NCIDA for the $6.65 million project.
The proposed hotel would be located on a triangular parcel that is situated between Buffalo Avenue, John B. Daly Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard, just off the parkway exit into the city. Indian Ocean, LLC purchase the site from its former owner, Moore Wallace North America, in 2010.
The new owners have been preparing to develop a hotel on the site for several years. B.F. Patel said both floors of the existing building have been "gutted," removing all remnants of the former office space interior.
His company's plan calls for construction of 84 hotel rooms and other amenities on site in keeping with Marriott standards. It also involves construction of a third floor on the existing building. The project is expected to result in the creation of 24 full-time and nine part-time jobs once completed, with an estimated total annual payroll by the end of year three of $704,000.