Bidders show for auction, but don't buy shuttered Niagar Falls hotel

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NIAGARA FALLS — If the shuttered Hotel Niagara in the heart of the city tourist district is to be restored, it’s going to take more time.
The bank that holds the mortgage, after a failed attempt by a Texas couple to renovate the 12-story lodging on Rainbow Boulevard, kept control of the property during a foreclosure auction this afternoon at City Hall.
Several potential bidders who showed up for the auction — including Falls hotelier and former gubernatorial candidate Carl P. Paladino — were unwilling to place a bid at or above the $1 million minimum offer the State Bank of Texas was willing to take during the public proceeding.
The bank lost $3.29 million as part of the $4.6 million purchase in 2007 by Houston-based Amidee Hotel Niagara, a limited liability corporation owned by James T. Cook Jr. and his wife, Judith B. Cook.

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