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BIA dares you to walk Queen St. alley
03-08-2013
Go ahead, take a walk through a downtown alleyway at night. The downtown Business Improvement Area isn't just daring you to, they're encouraging it.

That's because they are almost set to officially unveil Daredevil Alley, a walkway on the south side of Queen St.
Queen Street Park Grand Opening
09-29-2012
You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Queen Street Park and a ceremony to dedicate a Peace Garden commemorating the War of 1812. It all takes place on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Queen Street Park (next to City Hall).
Buskers entertain Queen St. visitors
09-05-2012
Niagara Falls’ first Buskerfest went off without a hitch, wrapping up Sunday and bringing in over 150 performances, vendors, special performances, and record breaking attempts for the Guinness Book of World Records to historic Queen Street. See Article.
Popular Queen St. restaurant to re-open next month
07-14-2012
NIAGARA FALLS – Paris Crepes Bistro, which closed abruptly in May despite being heralded as one of Queen Street's success stories, is set to re-open next month under a new name.Thierry Clement, one of the original owners of the popular Parisian-style eatery which opened in 2009, said Thursday the Paris Crepes Cafe will open in early August.
Lyndesfarne relocates to Niagara Falls
05-31-2012
Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects (LTP) proudly announces the relocation of their theatre company to the Seneca Queen Theatre (circa 1940), located at 4624 Queen Street in downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario. After seven years of producing theatre in St. Catharines, LTP will now make its home in the historic 330 seat theatre in the revitalized Queen Street arts district.
Cupolo Sports heading downtown
03-22-2012
NIAGARA FALLS - Cupolo Sports, which is celebrating 100 years of business in 2012, is moving. Owner Jerry Cupolo, whose uncle Charlie opened the store in 1912, said Monday the store is moving to a new location at 4554 Queen St. It’s expected to reopen April 15.
Acquisition of Historic Niagara
03-22-2012
On March 26 2012, Keefer Developments Ltd. (KDL) successfully completed the acquisition of the real estate portfolio formerly known as Historic Niagara Development Inc.

The portfolio including more than 40 sites holds approximately 200,000 sq. feet of retail and office space and 60 living units.
Buskerfest Niagara in downtown Niagara Falls
05-31-2012
Amid the historic and funky shops and restaurants on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Buskerfest Niagara comes to life at the end of August. From Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2, 2012, Buskerfest Niagara will bring acts from around the world showcasing three days of colourful street performances by more than 20 world-class talented buskers.
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Contact Information

  • Address:
    Keefer Developments Ltd.
    4605 Crysler Avenue. Unit 4
    Niagara Falls Ontario Canada
    L2E 3V6
  • Telephone: 905-353-9555
  • Fax: (905) 353-1855
  • Commercial Sales and Leasing:
    Phil Ritchie
  • Residential Apartments:
    Theresa Cotton

Thorold Stone Road extension 'symbolic of things to come' in Niagara Falls: Diodati

Niagara This Week Article

Jan 8, 2016

To some, it’s just a stretch of asphalt, but to Mayor Jim Diodati, the extension of Thorold Stone Road represents much more.

 



Queen Street Niagara Falls Has Momentum!

Coming Back to Life!

2015

Our historic downtown core offers rich history, and sense of place that defines our community.

 



Revitalizing Niagara Falls Downtown

Niagara Falls Business Magazine Article

2015

Downtown communities are the key ingredient of any great city. Yet, over the years there has been a decline in foot traffic as customers were lured away...

 



The status quo should be unacceptable: Ritchie

Niagara Falls Review Article

May 9, 2015

The Review asked me to share some specifics regarding recent comments I made with respect to poverty, and economic balance in the city of Niagara Falls.

 



Falls more than just tourism: Ritchie

Niagara Falls Review Article

May 5, 2015

The man whose company owns many of the properties in downtown Niagara Falls says it’s time the powers that be in this city focus more on its citizens and less on its tourists..

 



TIFF film series comes to Seneca Theatre

St. Catharines Standard Article

February 19, 2015

The Seneca Theatre on Queen St. Is going back to its roots.For the first time in two decades, the venue will be showing movies as part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) film circuit. Screenings start March 6 with the Oscar-nominated Whiplash.

 



From department store to condos?

Niagara Falls Review Article

December 3, 2014

NIAGARA FALLS – Five years after an early-morning fire levelled the historic building that once housed Rosbergs in downtown Niagara Falls, the property remains vacant.

 



Niagara Falls Review moving

Niagara Falls Review Article

November 7, 2014
by Ray Spiteri

NIAGARA FALLS – It’s the dawn of a new era for The Niagara Falls Review.
The 135-year-old newspaper is moving to the downtown core after 62 years at 4801 Valley Way.

 



Niagara Falls council sworn in

Niagara Falls Review Article

December 2, 2014
by Ray Spiteri

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls is designing a road map to keep youth in the city as opposed to leaving for what they believe to be greener pastures elsewhere, Mayor Jim Diodati said during his inaugural address Tuesday night.

 



Seneca Queen Theatre to re-open in Oct.

Niagara Falls Review Article

September 29, 2014
by John Law

NIAGARA FALLS – Things are about to pick up at the Seneca Queen Theatre. A film and concert series is planned for the Queen St. venue as part of owner Phil Ritchie's plans to make it a cornerstone of downtown.

 



The time is right for Queen Street: Ritchie

Niagara This Week Article

September 10, 2014
by Richard Hutton

NIAGARA FALLS – It has taken some time, but the pieces of the Queen Street puzzle are beginning to come together, Phil Ritchie says.

 



Carleton eyes Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Review Article

September 3, 2014
by Ray Spiteri

NIAGARA FALLS - Niagara Falls’ push for a post-secondary presence downtown may have a dance partner. Carleton University sent a notice of intent to the provincial government on a $70-million capital expansion proposal.

 



Falls lets province know of post-secondary intent

Niagara Falls Review Article

July 9, 2014
by Ray Spiteri

NIAGARA FALLS - Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati has sent a notice of intent letter to the province indicating the municipality's desire to see a post-secondary presence in its downtown. (MIKE DIBATTISTA Niagara Falls Review)

 



Falls to push for post-secondary opportunity

Niagara Falls Review Article

May 14, 2014
by Ray Spiteri

NIAGARA FALLS - The timing has never been better to promote downtown Niagara Falls to post-secondary institutions interested in opening new satellite campuses.

 



George F. Walker premiere a coup for Niagara Falls theatre

Toronto Star Article

March 27, 2014
By: Richard Ouzounian

NIAGARA FALLS—One of the most ironic things in theatre so far this year is that the best play about Toronto politics is getting its world premiere here in the shadow of Clifton Hill.

 



Helping More Students Pursue Postsecondary Education

Ontario Calls for Expansion Proposals from Universities

March 27, 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the government is taking steps to ensure that more students can pursue undergraduate degrees close to home. The province is inviting universities to submit proposals for new or expanded campuses in underserved areas.

 



Brock interested in downtown Niagara Falls campus

Niagara Falls Review Article

October 11, 2013
by Matt Day

NIAGARA FALLS - Brock University is actively looking at bringing a downtown campus to Niagara Falls.Brian Hutchings, the Thorold-based university’s vice-president of administration, confirmed with the Review that city officials and Brock representatives have met to take part in discussions of possibly expanding their International Student Programs.

 



Falls could host post-secondary campus in 2014

Niagara Falls Review Article

October 9, 2013
by Ray Spiteri

NIAGARA FALLS - Mayor Jim Diodati said Niagara Falls could be home to a university or college campus by 2014. "It's very realistic that we could have, at the very least a program, at the very best a campus, up and running by next year," he told reporters after a city council meeting Tuesday night.

 



Downtown Niagara Falls university?

Niagara Falls Review Article

October 2, 2013
by Ray Spiteri

NIAGARA FALLS – Downtown Niagara Falls would be an "excellent location” for a post-secondary campus as it would address the educational, economical and quality-of-life needs of the city, region and province, according to a consultant’s report.

 



The Bakery

Gay Brothers Bakery Legacy


by James Kershaw

I dare say that every family must have a story that's interesting and cohesive for its members and even to the public as well (if they only knew). Not only a way to understand ourselves and our connections, the study of genealogy is also important for families in order that medical personnel may understand how diseases are passed along the blood line.

 



Canada Day moves downtown, entertains thousands

Niagara Falls Review Article


JULY 1, 2013
RAY SPITERY
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – For the first time in 30 years, Niagara Falls Canada Day festivities took place downtown — not at Optimist Park.

 



Springlicious draws big crowds

Niagara Falls Review Article


June 2, 2013
MATT DAY
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – The seventh year of the Queen St. festival had many new features — an expanded carnival, a liquor license for the entire street and a headlining musical act in David Wilcox — but some things just never change

 



Health centre takes over former Canadian Tire building

Niagara Falls Review Article


April 3, 2013
JOHN LAW
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – The former Canadian Tire building at the foot of Queen St. will be the new home of he Niagara Falls Community Health Centre. Board members and supporters gathered in the parking lot of the long empty building for the announcement of $3.4 million in funding to get the building ready for its 2015 opening.

 



Business Innovation Zone to help entrepreneurs

Niagara Falls Review Article


March 27, 2013
TONY RICCIUTO
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – To help small companies grow, the city of Niagara Falls has created the Business Innovation Zone, which is going in across the street from city hall at 4321 Queen St.

The city’s Small Business Enterprise Centre, which is now located inside city hall, will also be moving into the new facility.

 



BIA dares you to walk Queen St. alley

Niagara Falls Review Article


March 7, 2013
MATT DAY
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – Go ahead, take a walk through a downtown alleyway at night. The downtown Business Improvement Area isn't just daring you to, they're encouraging it.

That's because they are almost set to officially unveil Daredevil Alley, a walkway on the south side of Queen St. between Ontario Ave. and St. Clair Ave. that features a wall-mounted display of historic facts on some of the more outrageous feats accomplished in Niagara Falls.

 



Adding life to downtown

Niagara Falls Review Article


October 31, 2012
TONY RICCIUTIO
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – They are called the Queen St. Village Apartments and Phil Ritchie hopes they will set the new standard and lead the way in downtown residential accommodations.

Even though the 30 apartment units are going into a building that once housed the former Gay Brothers Bakery at 4410 Queen St., everything has been ripped out and tenants will be moving into a modern, new facility that makes good use of the latest in green technology.

 



Lyndesfarne delivers the goods (and chills) with The Woman in Black

Niagara Falls Review Article


October 13, 2012
JOHN LAW
Niagara Falls Review

NIAGARA FALLS – THE WOMAN IN BLACK, by Stephen Mallatratt. Based on the novel by Susan Hill. Starring Bruce Gooch, Jon Osbaldeston and Stephanie Jones. Directed by Kelly Daniels. At the Seneca Queen Theatre until Oct. 28. **** (out of five)

That bump in the night you heard on Queen St. Friday was the ghost of failed theatre companies finally getting the boot. If the impressive debut by Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects is any indication, something scary good has arrived.

 




Charging station Improves the environment

Bullet News Niagara Article


October 11, 2012
ANNIE SILVESTER
Bullet News Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS – Drivers of electric cars in Niagara Falls will be able to fill up at the new 90- amp charging station at Taps Bar and Grill.

On hand for the announcement were several representatives from Sun Country Highway to demonstrate the new station. Key to making it all happen was Keefer Developments boss Phil Ritchie, whose company owns many downtown properties.

 




Queen Street Park Grand Opening

Grand Opening - Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012


You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Queen Street Park and a ceremony to dedicate a Peace Garden commemorating the War of 1812. It all takes place on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Queen Street Park (next to City Hall). Entertainment has been provided by the Niagara Falls Downtown Board of Management and there will be a jazz performance by Shea D Duo from 4:00-7:00pm. Light snacks and refreshments will also be provided.

This park is a great example of the transformation of what was once a parking area into a welcoming, aesthetic gathering place with shade trees, landscape areas, a water feature and a playground. The park has been designed and built to be fully accessible including the playground and water feature.

The park integrates and connects with the Olympic Recreation Trail which welcomes visitors and residents to walk, run or bike from the Downtown to the Clifton and Fallsview Tourist Districts and to access the many restaurants and shopping stores on Queen Street. City staff and the Niagara Falls Downtown Board of Management have worked closely over the past many years to revitalize the streetscape and add the Downtown Park to create a welcoming and enjoyable experience for everyone.

 



Buskers entertain Queen St. visitors

Niagara Falls Review Article


September 3, 2012
RAY SPITERI
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – As a street performer, or more accurately put, a highly-skilled acrobat whose full-time job is to perform insane stunts on pavement, he has to.

The 31-year-old Melbourne, Australia native brought his show to Queen St. in Niagara Falls this past long weekend, along with several other daredevils, aerialists, magicians and contortionists.

 



Queen St. 'has a heartbeat again'

Niagara Falls Review Article


August 1, 2012
DAN DAKIN
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – There are signs of good things to come on Queen St.

Two closed restaurants are set to reopen, a popular business is moving to a bigger location, one new business has opened and another will be relocating to downtown in a month.




Downtown BIA bringing new life, investments to the Queen Street district in Niagara Falls

The Business Link Niagara Article


July, 2012
SCOTT LESLIE
The Business Link Niagara

NIAGARA FALLS – For many generations of Niagara Falls residents, Queen Street was always the place to be—whether it was trying out scout uniforms in the basement of Rosberg’s, buying a handful of penny candy at Gold’s Variety or catching a lazy matinee at the Seneca Theatre or the Capitol.




Druxy's Re-opening Soon!



July 21, 2012

Druxy's has announced that they will be re-opening their store on Queen Street in Downtown Niagara Falls. For 33 years DRUXY’S Famous Deli Sandwiches has proudly upheld the deli tradition of serving the freshest, highest quality food available.  Slicing hot deli meats to each customer’s order has been the central focus, add to this preparation directly before each customer’s eyes so they can direct and watch exactly how we prepare his or her meal. 





Paris Crepes Bistro to re-open next month

Niagara Falls Review Article


July 13, 2012
ALISON LANLEY
Niagara Falls REVIEW

NIAGARA FALLS – Paris Crepes Bistro, which closed abruptly in May despite being heralded as one of Queen Street's success stories, is set to re-open next month under a new name.Thierry Clement, one of the original owners of the popular Parisian-style eatery which opened in 2009, said Thursday the Paris Crepes Cafe will open in early August.



Niagara Social Project

We all have our reasons to love the Niagara Region. The Niagara Social Project is a group of individuals that share a vision. They all want to get the word out. The Niagara Region is a great place to live, play and work. Watch their videos and explore why they are participating in the Niagara Social Project.



See Other Videos at www.niagarasocialproject.com



Buskerfest Niagara in downtown Niagara Falls

May 31, 2012

Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects

Worldwide talent to descend on Buskerfest Niagara in downtown Niagara Falls
Amid the historic and funky shops and restaurants on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Buskerfest Niagara comes to life at the end of August. From Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 2, 2012, Buskerfest Niagara will bring acts from around the world showcasing three days of colourful street performances by more than 20 world-class talented buskers. The extraordinary and bizarre talents at this year’s festival will provide outdoor amusement for all, unlike any other festival in the Niagara Region.



Lyndesfarne relocates to Niagara Falls

May 25, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects (LTP) proudly announces the relocation of their theatre company to the Seneca Queen Theatre (circa 1940), located at 4624 Queen Street in downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario. After seven years of producing theatre in St. Catharines, LTP will now make its home in the historic 330 seat theatre in the revitalized Queen Street arts district.



New Focus For Downtown Falls

St. Catharines Standard Article


March 31, 2012
DAN DAKIN
QMI Agency Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – Phil Ritchie has a new vision for downtown.
Never mind bringing in tourists. Forget landing a big-box store or a major retailer. Don't gamble on a theatre district.
The head of Keefer Developments Limited, which just bought 40 commercial properties and 60 residential units from Historic Niagara Developments Inc., said his primary focus is on bringing new residents to the Queen St. area.



KDL Acquires HNDI

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On March 26 2012, Keefer Developments Ltd. (KDL) successfully completed the acquisition of the real estate portfolio formerly known as Historic Niagara Development Inc. The portfolio including more than 40 sites holds approximately 200,000 sq. feet of retail and office space along with 60 living units.

Building upon the strong foundations put in place by the former ownership, KDL intends to make several changes to better connect the Queen St. District to the residents of Niagara Falls and the greater Niagara Region at large. We intend to become a "downtown for locals”, KDL will act as a catalyst to help repatriate the downtown into the hearts and minds of the Niagara Falls community.

Working with a strong local team of advisors with financial support provided by the Royal Bank of Canada we believe the timing is right to complete this goal. "We are grateful to RBC for stepping up to be the primary funder of this important project taking place literally on their Queen St. branch doorstep. They believe in the importance of downtowns and supporting this renewal” states Phil Ritchie, President of KDL.

Our historic downtown cores have a role to play in the transformation of Niagara. These precious spaces offer rich history, and a sense of place that define communities and are part of the fabric that makes us who we are as Niagarans. Our downtowns are walkable, filled with unique architecture, and are scaled to make us feel comfortable as we interact with the environment. All of our downtowns offer charm and significant potential. Interesting shopping dining and entertainment opportunities can be found across Niagara.. In our view, downtown Niagara will return to be a focus of local community life. While big box developments will continue to dominate retail, people are yearning for a more intimate and unique retail experience that is so well accommodated in a downtown environment.

We IMAGINE a vibrant locally focused downtown, the heart of the Niagara Falls community, a place where tourists will seek to mix with our local residents drawn by our authenticity, great value, and service.

We BELIEVE our goal will be accomplished following a four point plan;

  • Renovate and add residential development.
  • We intend to renovate and add 60 new living units to the downtown within the next six months
  • Sell a number of buildings to "hands on" entrepreneurs to broaden the diversity of ownership and infuse new ideas and energy
  • Lease retail and office spaces at affordable rates dramatically reducing current vacancies
  • Work collaboratively with the BIA, City, and other stakeholders to foster new ideas and action to deal with issues that face all downtowns, such as parking, promotion, signage, and property standards enforcement.

The Queen St. district ...also known as "the Q" is undergoing a massive revitalization. There are numerous new developments underway such as;

  • The opening of successful niche retail and dining experiences such as; Paris Crepes, Taps Brewery, and Cupolo's
  • Ongoing municipal infrastructure investments to enhance public areas such as; walkways, street music, public art, gateway signage, green spaces, and distinctive arches at key Queen St. intersections
  • Improved transit connections to the immediate area starting in June 2012 with the addition of the People Mover system connecting Queen St. to Clifton hill, the Great Wolf Lodge and Fallsview areas

We believe that downtown Niagara Falls does have extraordinary momentum. We also happen to have a small advantage that would be the envy of any downtown... international name recognition, and about 10 million visitors per year located just a couple of kilometres up the street.

Imagine and Believe.

 

 

Cupolo Sports Heading Downtown

By Dan Dakin, Niagara Falls Review Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:35 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS - Cupolo Sports, which is celebrating 100 years of business in 2012, is moving. Owner Jerry Cupolo, whose uncle Charlie opened the store in 1912, said Monday the store is moving to a new location at 4554 Queen St. It’s expected to reopen April 15. "I’m looking forward to being down there on Queen St.,” said Cupolo, who started working for his uncle and father Joseph in 1953. "I think Queen St. has real potential to come back.” Charlie Cupolo started Cupolo Sports in his garage in 1912. Seven years later, he built the building at 5510 Ferry St., where the business has operated ever since.

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