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Options being reviewed for high-tech hub in Buffalo

McGuire Development Co., which is heading up the state’s local effort to develop a new information technology “hub” in Buffalo, said Monday that it is now reviewing several options for locations for the new economic development initiative, which will include an office for IBM Corp.

Buffalo-based McGuire had issued a request-for-proposals to local developers and property owners, on behalf of a state agency, for potential sites to house the new Information Technology Manufacturing and Innovation Hub.

The project is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development initiative for Western New York, and computer software and services giant IBM has already agreed to set up a 100,000-square-foot software and innovation facility with 500 employees, as the first tenant of the state-supported project.

The location had not yet been determined, however. The RFP “focused on locations within and around the downtown core,” said a statement from McGuire Development CEO Jim Dentinger.

The deadline was Friday, and Dentinger said the firm “received several responses… and we are working to analyze each of the responses in light of the needs” of Fort Schuyler Management Corp., an arm of the State University of New York, which will own and manage the facility.

Dentinger did not identify any of the bids, but said the firm hopes to have “more details on proposed potential locations shortly.” McGuire is the real estate division of nursing-home operator McGuire Group.

However, Samuel Savarino, CEO of Savarino Companies and a partner with Frontier Group of Companies in the planned adaptive re-use of 500 Seneca St., said the investor group had offered up a portion of that 330,000-square-foot project for the hub.

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