The U.S. Border Patrol next year will join other tenants in the fast-growing Colvin Woods Business Park in the Town of Tonawanda.
The Border Patrol, which is part of Customs and Border Protection, will move into a 20,000-square-foot building that has yet to be built. The General Services Administration has signed a lease and construction will start by the end of the year, said James Dentinger, senior vice president of Ciminelli Development, the business park's developer.
The Border Patrol will move its Buffalo station from its current location on Grand Island Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda, said Mike Przybyl, assistant chief of the Border Patrol's Buffalo sector.
About 40 jobs related to Border Patrol station operations will move into the new site. The Border Patrol's Buffalo sector headquarters, which involves administrative duties, will remain in its current location, Przybyl said.
The Border Patrol has outgrown its Tonawanda site, which prompted the shift of some jobs to Colvin Woods, he said.
The new, state-of-the-art building will be designed to meet the Border Patrol's specification in features such as holding cells, an armory and evidence lockers, Przybyl said.
Colvin Woods is on a 30-acre site off the Youngmann Highway between Delaware Avenue and Colvin Boulevard.
This will be the fourth building that will be built in Colvin Woods. John W. Danforth, a mechanical equipment contractor, has one building in the park, and is having a second one built, Dentinger said. Minneapolis-based Definity Health's new service center is expected to be completed in December. The Border Patrol is expected to move into the park next summer.
The business park has drawn attention from tenants due to its visibility and accessibility to the highway, Dentinger said.