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Proposed twin tower hotels for Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls is staying about the same height while the buildings looking down on it from the Ontario side are continuing to rise.  

The Niagara Falls, Ontario City Council has cleared the way for two massive, linked hotel towers looking down on the Falls.

Niagara Falls, Ontario Mayor Jim Diodati said they will be pitched to Asian tourists, a rapidly-increasing segment of the tourism crowds arriving in the Canadian Cataract City.

The mayor and other city officials went to China, Abu Dhabi and Dubai looking for investment and tourism last year. 

Diodati said the numbers of the two new hotels are impressive.

"Twin-towers, one 60 and one 61 stories in the city. the cost of putting this together will be somewhere in the area of $400 million and in terms of jobs will be in excess of 1,300 construction jobs over two years.  There will be over a thousand permanent full-time jobs once the place opens up," said Diodati.

Diodati noted the project represents major flows of property taxes and development charges for his city.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.