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Canal area building sites: busy and not busy

Busy. Busy. Not so busy.

That’s what a look at three major construction sites downtown
shows.

At the construction site for One Canalside, the former Donovan State Office
Building that is being
redeveloped by Benderson Development Co. into a Courtyard by Marriott hotel and
the headquarters for law firm Phillips Lytle LLP, as many as 150 people are
working on any given day, both on the inside of the building and the outside.

On the next block, to the south, the Buffalo Sabres and the
Pegula family have another 100 workers driving piles, pouring concrete, manning
the tower crane and performing other jobs.

Then there’s the canals on the former Memorial Auditorium
site, where the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is behind schedule on its
project to symbolically recreate canals and parkland as part of Canalside. About
25 workers are on site daily at the main “historically aligned canals” phase,
while an average of 13 are on site for the East Canals on the nearby Donovan
site.

-- Jonathan D. Epstein

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