NIAGARA FALLS – A $12 million Courtyard by Marriott hotel project at one of the main entrances into the city may see shovels in the ground by the end of March, the City Council learned Monday.
The 82-room hotel is awaiting word on potential funding assistance through the state’s economic development agency in the Falls.
Plans call for the renovation of the long-vacant Moore Business Forms, a three-story building at 900 Buffalo Ave. owned by Indian Ocean LLC.
The building greets visitors entering downtown from the Robert Moses Parkway onto John Daly Boulevard.
The hotel will include 15 luxury suites and a 5,000-square-foot penthouse on the fourth floor, project representatives told city lawmakers on Monday night.
The project is awaiting approval of its last piece of financing, which is being sought through USA Niagara Development Corp., and is needed before bank financing receives final approval, according to representatives of Element Development, the project’s consultants.
If the funding is approved, there will be $9 in private investment for every $1 in public investment, the consultants said.
“Once that’s approved, we are about six weeks away from construction,” said Nirel Patel of Element Development, whose parents own the property.
Each room is being designed with a unique mural of Niagara Falls, and the building’s lobby will be designed around the building’s industrial heritage.
Building rehabilitation will include the restoration of limestone and granite on the exterior.
The hotel also will have limited Starbucks services and a restaurant called The Bistro, which will have a limited menu, full bar and an outdoor patio.
Construction is projected to be completed in August.
The project architect is Musacchio Architects of Williamsville.
In other City Council matters, lawmakers unanimously:
• Approved about $34,000 in rehabilitation work at the Fire Department administration building on Walnut Avenue, which was damaged over several years because of a leaking roof.
• Appointed Gary Laible to the Niagara Falls Water Board.
• Approved a $34,900 settlement with Donald Harless of Lewiston Road for property damages resulting from a broken sewer pipe.
• Appointed 11 people and reappointed five to the Tourism Advisory Board.
• Approved spending $47,000, mostly for a contractor’s work, to fix frozen water lines on 72nd and 77th streets.