The Seneca Nation of Indians is expanding its business empire in Niagara Falls.
The Nation announced Tuesday it is building a gas station and convenience store on sovereign territory near the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino. It will be the first gas station to be built on Seneca land outside its traditional territories in Irving and Allegany.
The Nation does not need approval from New York state for the project but has briefed the state on its plans, according to Phil Pantano of Pantano & Associates, L.L.C.
“This project is in keeping with those sovereign rights as recognized by the federal government,” said Seneca Nation President Maurice John in a statement. “Furthermore, we believe it can be a catalyst for additional development along the Niagara Street corridor.”
The new development will be located at John B. Daly Boulevard and Niagara Street.
The gas station and convenience store is expected to be open by the end of this summer.