The owners of One Niagara, a glass-walled building near the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, shelved plans to replace all the windows as part of a renovation project.
The nine-story "flash cube" building houses several tourist-related shops.
Last year, owners Gordon and Bernice Reger and Paul A. Grenga announced a $14.4 million renovation project that called for adding attractions, including a 250-seat movie theater, an indoor rope-climbing course, a diamond museum and outdoor kiosks.
Some work has been completed and the rest is underway, said Andrea Klyczek, assistant director of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.
Wednesday, the NCIDA board, which awarded the project a $1 million grant last year, learned the project cost was reduced to $11.4 million after the window replacement cancellation. A partial removal of the current green-tinted glass is not feasible.
The grant came from the Cataract Tourism Target Zone Fund doesn't offer money up front. It can be used only as a reimbursement.
"They will not see a dollar until the project is completed and a certificate of occupancy is obtained," NCIDA counsel Mark J. Gabriele said.