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NIAGARA FALLS – The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute wants to turn more passers-by into visitors, so it’s sprucing up its Old Falls Street façade.

A deli and pastry shop will get their own exterior doors to Old Falls under a roughly $200,000 façade improvement plan expected to be completed before the snow flies.

The package of work at the Niagara County Community College facility also includes an applique for the exterior doors to Savor restaurant, as well as an additional awning and a new walkway and railing, said Michael D. Dombrowski, vice president of operations for the college. The project’s goal would be to provide a more alluring face to people going by the facility, Dombrowski said.

“We just feel that we’re missing an opportunity with all our tourism visitors to enter into our space because they really don’t know what we’re about,” he said.

Putting in the new door to La Patisserie pastry shop will involve digging down about 18 inches because its floor sits about that distance below the grade of the sidewalk. The planned walkway with railing would sit outside the shop and the adjoining Barnes & Noble.

The Old Falls Street Deli would get a new awning under the proposal; no changes are planned for the institute’s main entrance.

The city Planning Board on Wednesday night recommended the City Council grant permission for the encroachments on the city’s right of way associated with the project, which also include several existing encroachments that have never been formally accepted by the city.

Those include moving the north lot line 5 inches north because of changes that happened during construction, as well as some columns on the building that encroach on the city sidewalk by about 21 inches.

The board also approved plans for an outdoor patio at the Tim Hortons at 8500 Niagara Falls Blvd.

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