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Former Cliffstar building donated to SUNY Fredonia

A two-story office building, the former headquarters of Cliffstar Corp., has been donated to the State University of New York at Fredonia for use in recruiting businesses to the Dunkirk and Fredonia areas of Chautauqua County through the state’s new Start-Up NY economic development initiative.

The 18-year-old building at 60-62 Franklin Avenue, Dunkirk, recently was appraised at $1.65 million. It was donated by the Star Family, founders and operators of Cliffstar Corp. until its sale in 2010.

The gift is being handled through the Fredonia College Foundation.

“This gives our region an additional asset that will be far more appealing to an existing, relatively mature business than what we currently offer typical, true start-up entrepreneurs within Fredonia’s Technology Incubator,” said Fredonia College Foundation Executive Director David Tiffany. “It also provides yet another opportunity for students to gain internships and post-graduate employment, and it provides the potential employer with a rare opportunity to align itself and its workforce with one of the top public universities in the northeast.”