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Northland project may land two more tenants

As work continues on the Northland Corridor project on Buffalo's East Side, two more workforce-related organizations are considering signing on as tenants for the East Side light-industrial hub.

The Buffalo Employment Training Center and the Buffalo Public Schools' Nurse's Aide Training Program have asked the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. about taking up space in the project's main facility at 683 Northland Ave.

If they proceed, they would join the Western New York Workforce Training Center and Buffalo Manufacturing Works in the 235,000-square-foot former manufacturing building.

"It's a great fit to be in this building," said BUDC Vice President David Stebbins.

The Workforce Training Center, part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative, plans to occupy about 90,000 square feet on the first floor, while Buffalo Manufacturing Works will set up shop in another 40,000 to 45,000 square feet.

But there's about 25,000 square feet available on the third and fourth floors and mezzanine level, which would fit BETC's needs, Stebbins said. And the school nurse program needs only 2,500 square feet.

The city-affiliated nonprofit agency, which owns the 35-acre site and is overseeing its redevelopment, on Tuesday approved a $9,800 contract for Watts Architecture & Engineering to develop conceptual space designs for both potential new tenants.

BUDC also approved:

  • A $123,000 contract for Schindler Elevator Corp. to buy and install elevators at 683 Northland;
  • A $962,000 contract for Apollo Steel Corp. to provide and install the structural steel and stairs;
  • Payment of $916,271 to Gilbane Building Co. for construction management of $10.5 million in ongoing subcontract work.

In all, the redevelopment of the entire Northland project will cost more than $60 million, funded by state and city money. Financing will also include more than $12 million in state and federal historic tax credits, plus state brownfield cleanup credits and possibly federal New Markets Tax Credits.

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