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Former Emerson developer seeks $1 million from Buffalo schools

A local developer is threatening a lawsuit against the Buffalo school district.

Krog Corp. recently filed a notice of claim – which puts the district on legal notice - seeking more than $1 million in costs that the company incurred since last year while preparing the Trico building at Goodell and Washington streets for a second Emerson School of Hospitality.

The school district originally designated Trico, located on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, as its preferred location for Emerson, but the Board of Education walked away late last year after delays caused school officials to lose confidence that the building would be ready by Sept. 2018.

Krog said the project is now ready to go, and re-submitted the Trico development during a second round of bidding that produced five proposals.

If Krog were chosen again as the developer, the cost would remain part of the project, company officials said. If the school district selects another developer, it's on the hook for the work Krog has already done at Trico, said Krog President Paul R. Neureuter.

"If the district chooses another developer, it adds $1 million in costs and there’s no way the school opens in that time frame,” he said.

School officials already have said the district is not paying because Krog failed to meet milestones outlined in their agreement.

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