Officials in Niagara Falls, New York, have once again said they are close to signing a lease with Amtrak for its use of a new intermodal facility.
City Planner Thomas DeSantis said negotiations have taken longer than the city expected, but all of the parties involved are trying to reach a conclusion as soon as possible.
DeSantis said it will likely take Amtrak a few weeks to get settled into the new facility once a lease is signed.
He said that the terminal received a certificate of occupancy last week that allow tenants to use the building after signing a lease.
In its 2017 budget proposal, the city of Niagara Falls projected receiving from Amtrak annual lease payments of $172,800.
A museum to be operated by the Underground Railroad Heritage Area is expected to earn $19,000.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also occupy a portion of the station, but payments leasing that space will be part of the Amtrak lease payments.
Niagara Falls is served by Amtrak’s Maple Leaf and Empire Service trains.