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Hortons franchise, urgent-care clinic planned across from SolarCity factory

A Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop franchise and an urgent-care clinic will be the first tenants of a new two-story mixed-use building to be built across from the SolarCity manufacturing plant now under construction at RiverBend in South Buffalo.

John W. Danforth Co. wants to put up a new 18,000-square-foot retail and office building at 1176 South Park Ave., in front of a larger 83,000-square-foot warehouse and industrial building planned by the mechanical contractor.

The $2.5 million smaller project, whose basic details were unveiled two weeks ago, was tabled by the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday pending Common Council approval. The larger $8 million building in the rear was already approved.

The new building will have three retail tenants on the first floor and office space upstairs. A local Tim Hortons franchisee, with about a dozen other outlets locally, will be on the first floor, along with an urgent-care operator from another part of the state that wants to expand into Western New York, said Paul T. Boser, a commercial real estate agent with Pyramid Brokerage Co., who is representing Danforth in leasing the space.

Boser said officials are seeking a cafe or similar restaurant to fill the remaining space, complementing Tim Hortons and meeting the demand for food from both SolarCity and the surrounding area.

Danforth, which is working with developer JTVaeth LLC, is hoping to capitalize on the excitement and opportunities posed by the solar-panel manufacturing facility, which will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere when it is completed.

The state-owned facility is supposed to employ about 1,500 workers directly.

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