- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - A landmark Niagara Falls hotel where Marilyn Monroe once stayed is being bought by a state agency overseeing development in the economically struggling western New York city.

The Niagara Gazette reports (bit.ly/1pzYLbE) the USA Niagara Development Corp. on Wednesday agreed to purchase the Hotel Niagara from its current owner for $4.4 million. The agency will seek proposals from developers to restore the 92-year-old downtown hotel.

Hotel Niagara has been closed since 2007. Canadian businessman Harry Stinson bought the property in 2011 and announced plans to renovate the 12-story structure and reopen it as a hotel. A deal to sell the 193-room hotel to another developer fell through.

Local officials view the hotel as a key to revitalizing the city.

Monroe stayed at the hotel in 1952 while filming “Niagara.”

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