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.