BIA dares you to walk Queen St. alley
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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

About Keefer Developments Ltd


From left to right: Eric McQueen, Mark Daley, Phil Fobert, Kyle Newburgh, Mark Piech, Kevin Acton, Phil Ritchie,
Theresa Cotton, Dave Hoilerhoek, Rob Sachvie, Rochelle Wiley, Richard Looser, Cindy Hand

Mission Statement

We are Keefer Developments Ltd. We imagine and believe in better community, and the role that built heritage and culture plays in delivering a sense of place. We value individual creativity, hard work, quality, and integrity in all that we do and support.

Company Background

Keefer Developments Ltd. is a Niagara based real estate development company specializing in adaptive reuse, heritage and brownfield revitalization projects. Using the principles of "Smart Growth" as our guide, we are responsible for providing the vision, leadership, and management resources required to complete a successful long-term transformation of our selected projects. We have also incorporated principles of "pragmatic sustainability” into all of our projects.

Our approach is to create significant value for all stakeholders by harmonizing both public objectives such as:

  • Heritage preservation
  • Urban renewal
  • Tax base regeneration
  • Beautification

and private objectives such as cost of ownership, attractiveness, and functionality of product.

Keefer Developments Ltd., works with a team of experts to manage all phases of real estate development including:

  • Needs assessment and market analysis
  • Municipal planning & approvals
  • Private placement financing
  • Legal
  • Design and construction
  • Leasing and property management


Phil Ritchie BBA, President

Phil snuck out of Brock University with most of his Bachelor of Business Administration completed in 1985. He started in office technology sales with breakthrough products such as IBM XT clones, the regions first voice recognition software, and $4500 thermal roll fax machines. In the early 90's he quit selling stuff to create a consultancy firm to help people use the stuff they had purchased from people like Phil Ritchie. As President of the Canadian Telecommunications Consultants Association (CTCA), Phil was involved with efforts to; reduce corporate long distance rates, manage satanic voicemail configurations, and terrify various CIO's with Y2K.

Taking the name of the founding family of Thorold, he founded Keefer Developments Ltd. (KDL) in 2001. KDL lead the private sector revitalization of downtown Thorold sites including; the wondrous Keefer Mansion Inn, the stately Welland Mills and Book Depot. The award winning, 5 year, $14 Million project worked collaboratively with various stakeholders to drive economic energy to the area while preserving heritage elements and adaptively renewing abandoned sites. In 2007 Phil won the Niagara Community Design Award for Leadership.

Shifting focus in 2008 from heritage to sustainability, Phil began spending a silly amount of time understanding and trying to incorporate green building technologies into KDL projects. In 2010, KDL became active in the revitalization of downtown Niagara Falls. This role increased in 2012 with the acquisition of the Historic Niagara Development Inc portfolio.

Phil is an active member of the local Chamber movement and an advocate for a stronger Niagara. He has served on a few boards and advisory groups including; Ontario's Finest Inns, The Niagara Falls Downtown Board of Management, and the Smarter Niagara Steering Committee.

2007 Niagara Community Design Award Winner

The objective of the Niagara Community Design Awards is to recognize and celebrate excellence in community design in the Niagara Region. The award will continue to focus on projects that enhance the built environment, efficiently use land, and demonstrate creativity and vision.


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