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New Hyatt Place in Falls will be one story shorter and have fewer rooms

NIAGARA FALLS – The new Hyatt Place hotel planned for downtown will have fewer rooms and stand a story shorter than what was proposed earlier this year.

Though the price tag for the project has jumped to $28 million, the Hamister Group has dropped from its plans the two dozen apartments that were originally included, according to documents submitted by the company to the city Planning Department.

The project’s plans now call for 128 rooms and suites, down from the 146 proposed earlier this year before the Hamister Group made its agreement for the Hyatt Place flag. The new hotel will stand seven stories high, down from the eight stories previously proposed.

When the project was initially finalized a year ago, plans called for a five-story hotel with 110 rooms and a total cost of $25 million.

With the project at Rainbow Boulevard and Old Falls Street staying at 117,000 square feet, the hotel’s rooms will be larger than in the previous design.

Hamister officials had previously said they would have to make design changes to the hotel based on requirements from Hyatt Place.

Without the apartments that had been slated for the Old Falls Street side of the building, plans now call for a one-story wing of about 7,300 square feet of commercial space along Old Falls. That part of the building will have a rooftop patio.

The hotel project will still include rooftop banquet space, as well as a pool and fitness center, a restaurant with limited food service and a bar and lounge, according to the documents submitted to the city.

A Hamister Group spokesperson was unavailable to comment Thursday.

The Hamister Group acquired the rights to develop the city-owned parcel at 310 Rainbow Blvd. last year. Construction was initially supposed to start near the end of this month, but the company already has said the start of construction would be delayed until the spring.

A development deal between the city and the Hamister Group was signed last November, but not made public until the end of last year.

The agreement with the city will allow the company to utilize parking spaces in the ramp of the former Rainbow Centre mall across the street.

The Planning Board is expected to review the site plan for the project, which is in line to receive $2.75 million in funding from the state, when it meets Nov. 19.