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Patel plans to redevelop Niagara Club into new restaurant

The owner of a former social club that sits just outside Niagara Falls State Park hopes to redevelop the space with a new family-friendly restaurant.

Nirel Patel, owner of the former Niagara Club site on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls, said he is pursuing an “active redevelopment plan” for the property.

The former Niagara Club building houses an Indian restaurant, and Patel said he wants to create a “family-friendly dining establishment” at the site, possibly under a franchise, but couldn’t say more because he’s still in negotiations on details. His father bought the building in 2009.

The property is included in a swath of land in downtown Niagara Falls that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has targeted for potential state land purchases. Cuomo has proposed a plan for the state to buy vacant or underused properties in downtown Niagara Falls with the aim of redeveloping them, but has not identified specific sites.

Patel said his firm, Element Development, is working with architects and designers on the project. He hopes to announce plans by late summer.

Originally built in 1865 as a private residence, the building housed the private Niagara Club until it closed in 1996. The building was later used as a banquet facility before Patel’s father acquired it.

Element Development is also spending $12.2 million to convert the two-story former Moore Business Forms building, originally built in 1912 for Niagara Chocolate Co., into a four-story, 82-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at Buffalo Avenue and John Daly Boulevard. The project was initially projected at $10.8 million, but Patel said costs increased due to project delays, the building's unique architecture and the historic nature of the complex.

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