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City development arm eyeing more land for East Side industrial park

The 36-acre Northlands Avenue Belt Line Corridor industrial development project on the East Side may get a little more land than originally expected, as a nearby property owner wants to sell his parcel to the Buffalo Urban Development Corp.

The agency in charge of buying up and overseeing the real estate and buildings for the state’s planned light-industrial manufacturing hub is drafting a contract to buy an unidentified small parcel next to the properties on Northland and East Delavan avenues, although nothing is final. The organization’s real estate committee this week authorized the agency to move forward with environmental due diligence on the property, which is owned by a different individual than the 11 properties BUDC already purchased, officials said.

Additionally, the agency is moving forward with a soil-gas sampling contract with Beacon Environmental Services, for the Northland property at 537 East Delavan, as part of the previously approved redevelopment strategy plan and budget with LiRo Engineers Inc. BUDC is asking the state to consider a Superfund cleanup of the property and “this gives us some further analysis of the site,” said BUDC President Peter Cammarata.