News

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

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.