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NIAGARA FALLS – With shovels already in the ground, construction is continuing on the $10.2 million, 110-room Wingate by Wyndham at Fourth Street and Rainbow Boulevard.

The project – being developed by Plati Niagara Inc., a company formed by Antonio, Frank and Anthony Strangio – is expected to be completed in the late spring of 2015, Picone Construction Corp. of Clarence recently announced.

The construction company also gave the public the first glimpse renderings for the four-story project.

Picone is building the 100,000-square-foot facility on the site of a former empty lot.

The project includes 4,000 square feet of retail space along Rainbow Boulevard, which Frank Strangio previously said the company hoped would be a chain restaurant. No announcement of a tenant for the retail space has been made to date.

In early February, the project was awarded a $980,000 grant from the state. The grant is to be used to reimburse Plati Niagara for construction costs.

The city approved plans for the project last June.

The project architect is Silvestri Architects of Amherst.

Plati Niagara bought the 1.82-acre parcel in December 2012 for $1.1 million from Frank Deni and JFD Holdings, according to records in the Niagara County Clerk’s Office.

The Niagara County Industrial Development agency granted a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, with an estimated savings of about $1.5 million, last May.

The Strangio family owns Antonio’s Banquet and Conference Center and a Quality Inn at 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd.

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