Please excuse the following rant.
I was scrolling through Daily Post here in the WordPress system, and today’s word of the day was “disastrous.”
Real talk, flock: I’ve never been in the Turtle. It was long gone by the time I even existed. Savvy? Savvy.
That being said, the building has become a landmark in downtown. We already tore down our other landmark, and we’re quickly running out of “quirky buildings.”
But that’s not why I think it should stay.
I think it should stay because the last thing this city needs is a 200-foot, variance breaking monstrosity that close to the Falls.
Remember the whole “we’re the natural side” thing we’ve been touting? See what happens if you put a massive tower within spitting distance of the rapids.
As for the people behind it, Niagara Falls Redevelopment is everyone’s favorite bad guy. They’ve been pulling stunts like this for just about my entire lifetime, and I don’t appreciate the haphazard attempt to hike the price of their properties. I understand that’s how capitalism works, but wouldn’t it make sense to actually do something that people will want with your land?
Luckily, the Zoning Board threw back the variance application for being incomplete. It’s become pretty clear that very few people in this city want a perfectly viable building demolished in the name of yet another seasonal hotel.
I’m also still adamant that somebody should buy the Turtle and give it to the Wallendas. It’s the perfect building for that kind of show: just give it to them.
If we want the Turtle to be saved, we need to put the same kind of pressure on NFR as we did on the state over the Goat Island lodge. I know we can, so why not?
In the meantime, I’m counting the days until the Hotel Niagara (the proper way to make a hotel) opens its rooftop bar.