Construction has begun on a new pedestrian entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, USA Niagara Development Corp. President Anthony Vilardo announced Monday.
Labor Day is the target date for completion of the state agency's $682,000 project, Vilardo said.
The site is a wooded lot at 305 Buffalo Ave., which the state bought from Maid of the Mist Corp. for $850,000 in 2017.
Vilardo said only a narrow strip along the western edge of the lot will be used for the entrance, which will drop down a 28-foot grade to the Riverway, a trail along the upper Niagara River.
The lighted path will include a 6-foot-wide asphalt strip and a staircase, Vilardo said.
The state intends to issue a request for proposals for redevelopment of the remaining acre of the lot. Vilardo said Empire State Development has hired Practice for Architecture and Urbanism of Manhattan for about $300,000 to work on redevelopment plans for all of USA Niagara's properties in Niagara Falls.
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