The Niagara Falls Planning Board Wednesday approved a plan for a Microtel Inn and Suites on the former Century Club property on the shore of the Niagara River. However, there are about a dozen conditions regulating such items as parking, lighting, fencing and landscaping.
The conditions require developer Frank A. Amendola to provide fencing between the motel property at 6611 Buffalo Ave. and an apartment building to the east.
He also is required to move the head of a public hiking path envisioned to travel someday along the Niagara River shore all the way to the falls. The trail will connect with the sidewalk on Buffalo Avenue rather than the parking lot for safety reasons, said Thomas J. DeSantis, senior city planner.
Amendola's purchase agreement with the city also requires him to make improvements to and provide maintenance and public access to the city-owned LaSalle Waterfront Park adjacent to the property. Amendola also must submit plans to the state parks office for review and applicable permits.
The city bought the property for $455,000 in 1990, with plans for a public-private development that was to include a restaurant, marina and boat sales office. Only the city park was developed. The city spent about $55,000 to demolish the Century Club structure.
Amendola said he hoped to begin building before the fall construction season ends. If the foundation were poured in time, he said, the steel-frame construction could proceed through the winter.
The four-story building will have 104 guest rooms and was designed for minimum impact on the lot. It is oriented north to south, tapering at the north end to accommodate the wedge-shaped lot and allow for traffic control. The 48-foot-high structure won't obstruct anyone's view of the river because it is set back 100 feet from the shoreline, Amendola said.