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FEMA to lease office space at AppleTree

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will lease space in AppleTree Business Park in Cheektowaga for an administrative office to support the agency's work with flood victims in communities south of Buffalo.

The agency is leasing more than 23,000 square feet for at least three months, said James Dentinger, president of McGuire Development Co., which handles leasing for the business park.

FEMA has 238 people deployed in the region to respond to the needs of victims of flooding in early August that ravaged parts of Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, said Art Navarro, assistant external affairs officer for FEMA. Some will work from the administrative office.

Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state will also work with FEMA at the site, Navarro said.

AppleTree has some other governmental tenants.

"Our excellent relationships with other government agencies at AppleTree gave the FEMA officials confidence to move forward with their plans, knowing that the space would be ready when they needed it," Dentinger said.

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