Niagara Gazette

Local News

February 13, 2013

An upgrade for the Comfort Inn?

(Continued)

Niagara Gazette — Maid of the Mist Hospitality purchased the hotel, which is located next to Niagara Falls State Park, in 2009 from its former owner, Sevenson Hotel Associates. In its application to the NCIDA, the company indicated that the 23-year-old property still contains the original furnishings and fixtures and, because the original owners did not refurbish the hotel for more than 20 years, the Choice Hotels franchise is requiring updates within specific completion deadlines. 

The board voted unanimously to accept the company's application for assistance, however board member Steve Brady noted that he was not entirely comfortable with the idea of the agency offering incentives to a business that is essentially undergoing a makeover without expanding its offerings.

"One might argue that, in some ways, it's maintenance," Brady said, referring to the proposed hotel upgrades.

Mezhir noted that failure to meet the deadlines for the proposed upgrade would result in her company losing the Comfort Inn franchise flag, a situation that she suggested could result in a loss of jobs at the facility. 

"In order to remain competitive in the marketplace, it's critical that we retain the franchise," she said. 

In accepting the application, the board set a public hearing on the project for 4 p.m. March 6 at Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main St.

The application is expected to be considered for approval by the board after the hearing has been held. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
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: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Opinion
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
Poll

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