72-storey hotel, residential development in Niagara Falls would be among tallest buildings in Canada

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A 72-storey mixed-use building with hotel and residential units is proposed for land on Stanley Avenue that for years has housed a partially-built hotel that was never completed.

If the applicant, 6609 Stanley Nominee Inc. (Jeremia Rudan), receives necessary approvals from city hall, the development would lead to one of the tallest buildings in Canada, said Mayor Jim Diodati.

It would eclipse the Hilton Hotel & Suites on Fallsview Boulevard (56 storeys) as the tallest hotel in Niagara Falls.

"We have been waiting 15 years for something to happen there," said Diodati.

"We get a lot of inquiries and concerns and complaints about the unfinished project and I can't tell you how thrilled we are that not only do we have a viable proposal coming forward, but one that's going to be extremely exciting."

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. in council chambers where the applicant will seek amendments to the city's zoning bylaw and official plan to permit the development, which would cover three parcels of land encompassing an area along Stanley Avenue between Dixon and Dunn streets and including Level and Cleveland avenues.

Diodati said he hopes those interested, especially people who have complained about the unfinished development for years, attend the meeting.

A portion of the required parking is proposed on lands leased from Ontario Hydro and within a five-storey (one-storey underground) parking garage.

A portion of Dixon Street, east of Level Avenue, is proposed to be closed and purchased from the city. A portion of Cleveland Avenue is requested to be closed and used to access the parking garage. A new laneway is proposed to be constructed between Level and Cleveland avenues.

The official plan currently allows for mixed-use buildings up to 30 storeys (90 metres) on the land.