The union that represents area brick masons and tile setters is cementing its future in Buffalo.
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 3 has purchased a building at 1175 William St., between Fillmore and Bailey avenues, near the New Buffalo Industrial Park. The union will relocate its union business and pension offices from Getzville and its Lackawanna training center from leased space to the single Buffalo building.
"We wanted to consolidate to one site, and we felt that because the bulk of our hours come from the City of Buffalo and the immediate suburbs, this would be a good, central location," said Local 3 Vice Chairman Mike Di Virgilio. "We see this as a commitment to Buffalo."
The union paid $795,000 for a 20,000-square-foot William Street commercial building. Built in 1977, the structure had previously housed a printing firm and more recently was used as a storage and distribution center.
Di Virgilio said the building will provide the space the union has needed for its apprenticeship training programs and membership meetings.
"We've never had something that can function as a union hall, so this will be a major improvement," the union executive said.
The site's training center will teach a variety of skills including bricklaying, brick restoration and tile setting.
Local 3 represents some 1,800 brick and tile professionals from 24 New York counties, with regional offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Ithaca. The union has some 800 active and retired members in the immediate Buffalo area.
The union will relocate by the end of the year and will hold a formal open house when the move is complete.