Redevelopment of Old Rainbow Centre Could Begin Soon

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) - A vacant Niagara Falls building will soon receive a major facelift. The old Rainbow Centre will transform into a hospitality and tourism center for Niagara County Community College. The property was donated to the college by David Cordish of Baltimore. The project is estimated at $17.1 million to complete basic renovations. The center promises an exhibition kitchen with a student-run restaurant, bookstore, deli, classrooms, and bakery.

"When we're fully set up and engaged, we'll have a thousand students a day here," said NCCC President James Klyczek. "There will be about 12 to 15 different academic programs offering certificates and associate degrees."

The demolition of certain areas will begin in a few weeks and carry on throughout the summer.