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Consultant hired to study feasibility of events center in Niagara Falls

A Minneapolis consulting firm, Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, has been hired to study the feasibility of a sports and events facility for the City of Niagara Falls.

The consultant has been directed to deliver the report by Oct. 1, according to Samuel M. Ferraro, Niagara County economic development commissioner. The $113,000 cost will be split equally among the county, city and state.

The project was advocated by Richard J. Palladino, business manager of Laborers Local 91, and several lawmakers who thought Niagara Falls needed a facility to replace the Niagara Falls Convention Center, which was converted into the Seneca Niagara Casino in 2003.

Conventions, Sports & Leisure was chosen from among a field of 11 companies that responded to a county request for proposals issued March 22. The County Legislature awarded the contract last week.

Officials want study to look at feasibility of a Falls convention center, arena

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