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Why would the city want a rubber ducky when they could have a sturdy sailing ship ready to employ hundreds of people all 12 months a year - rather than the parttime, sporadic work that comes with an arena?

Restaino’s Dilemma: The Lustre of Legacy vs The Power of Progress!

Data Campus, Local News October 6, 2023 at 10:23 am

By Winston Velvet In the heart of Niagara Falls, a debate is brewing, with two visions for the future of a ten-acre plot of land. A taxpayer-funded arena, or a high-tech data center with private investment adding to the tax rolls. Here are the mayor’s taxpayer-funded sketches of his arena.Read More

A digital center is planned for Niagara Falls and has only one opponent -- Mayor Restaino.

Will Restaino’s Stadium Dream Stop NFR’s High Tech Future: A Niagara Falls Election Issue

Data Campus, Local News October 3, 2023 at 11:49 pm

Niagara Falls, NY — Mayor Robert Restaino’s dream of building a 7000-seat arena – possibly bearing his name – has clashed with plans proposed by Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) for a high tech data center – on the same 10 acres of land. While the November mayoral election looms, withRead More

Weighing the Economic Impact of an Event Center vs. Digital Campus

Weighing the Economic Impact of an Event Center vs. Digital Campus

Data Campus, Ken Cosentino, Local News, News October 3, 2023 at 9:46 pm

As the mayoral election draws nearer in the city of Niagara Falls, one can’t help but wonder what will happen if Mayor Robert Restaino gets re-elected. Aside from Mayor Restaino dishing out small business grants to locals in exchange for votes and cutting ribbons at press events, Restaino’s focus isRead More

Time Is Fading Rapidly on Hope for a Solution On Niagara Falls’ Competing Projects

Time Is Fading Rapidly on Hope for a Solution On Niagara Falls’ Competing Projects

Data Campus, Local News September 24, 2023 at 2:15 pm

By Tony Farina Time is rapidly slipping away on a golden opportunity to possibly cash in on two competing development projects in Niagara Falls that could be transformative in so many ways. Let’s give credit to NFR’s Roger Trevino for his comments in the Niagara Gazette last week titled “InRead More

GUEST VIEW: Data Center vs. Arena? The Future is Data!

GUEST VIEW: Data Center vs. Arena? The Future is Data!

Data Campus, Featured, Local News September 2, 2023 at 12:04 am

By Christian Printup I am a local boy, a proud son of Niagara Falls. I’ve worked in a handful of different places in the U.S. over the years — including, for the past seven-plus years, at Seneca Gaming Corp. as senior executive director of Entertainment and Special Events. Soon I’llRead More

Mayor Restaino Accused of Withholding Funds from Centennial Park Opponents

Mayor Restaino Accused of Withholding Funds from Centennial Park Opponents

Data Campus, Featured, Local News August 19, 2023 at 10:08 pm

During the ongoing debate surrounding the controversial Centennial Park Project and its cost to the community, various organizations and groups have shed light on a concerning trend: Mayor Robert Restaino’s alleged withholding of community development funds and grant money for those who oppose his vision for Centennial Park. Reports suggestRead More

The Time is Now for Niagara Falls to Act As Competing Projects Tied Up in Court

The Time is Now for Niagara Falls to Act As Competing Projects Tied Up in Court

Data Campus, Local News August 13, 2023 at 4:11 pm

         By Tony Farina According to a story in the Niagara Gazette, Mayor Robert Restaino “expected” the notice of appeal filed by Niagara Falls Redevelopment against a decision last month by the Fourth Department of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in favor of the city’sRead More

Job Creation: NFR’s Niagara Digital Campus and Restaino’s Centennial Park Compared

Job Creation: NFR’s Niagara Digital Campus and Restaino’s Centennial Park Compared

Data Campus, Local News August 10, 2023 at 11:58 pm

Job creation is one of Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino’s highest priorities. Mayor Robert Restaino In his effort to stop NFR and Urbacon’s Niagara Digital Campus, a 600,000 state of the art data center from being developed, Restaino points to the marvelous job creation opportunities his project, Centennial Park, aRead More

Stadium Cost Overruns a Signal to Niagara Falls on Project Costs

Stadium Cost Overruns a Signal to Niagara Falls on Project Costs

Data Campus, Local News August 10, 2023 at 11:38 am

By Tony Farina Multiple published reports indicate the new Bills football stadium under construction in Orchard Park may already be facing cost overruns for as much as $300 million and that’s only after three months. Initially pegged as a $1.4 billion project in March of 2022, the stadium cost isRead More

From Boom to Blockade: Mayor’s Interference Halts Niagara Falls Tech Project

From Boom to Blockade: Mayor’s Interference Halts Niagara Falls Tech Project

Data Campus, Local News August 8, 2023 at 5:48 pm

Niagara Falls, NY: Urbacon is a developer of commercial and industrial properties in Canada and the United States. Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) has the land. The two companies planned to develop 60 acres of land in Niagara Falls as the “Niagara Digital Campus.” It was to be a $1.5 billion technologyRead More

"Niagara Digital Campus" digital rendering courtesy of PRCG | Haggerty LLC

What Came First, City Park Plan or Data Center Plan?

Data Campus August 6, 2023 at 1:50 pm

By Tony Farina It is important to note in the ongoing battle between the city of Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) over competing development proposals that NFR insists it discussed its data center project a fully eight months before the mayor’s $150 million Centennial Park plan was unveiled,Read More

City Wins Hollow Victory in Eminent Domain Fight

City Wins Hollow Victory in Eminent Domain Fight

Data Campus, Featured August 1, 2023 at 1:01 pm

By Tony Farina Niagara Falls has won the first legal round of the eminent domain battle with Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) as a panel of four judges from the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, found that the city’s purpose in seizing a 12-acre parcel on South End land owned by NFRRead More

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