National Grid is expanding its capabilities in South Buffalo with a new electric substation on Fuhrmann Boulevard.
The British-owned power company wants to ensure that it can maintain adequate electric service for its customers in a growing part of the city with increased demand. So it's planning to build the new station on property it has owned at 1000 Furhmann Blvd. since 1976.
The property already contains transmission lines and poles, but those will be replaced by the new facility, which would also be much lower in height and will be surrounded by fencing and a crushed stone surface. The station would include two transformers, six feeders and "all other electric equipment and conduits necessary to operate a station," said Ben Weisel, the company's senior counsel.
The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday recommended approval of the project by the Common Council. It's the second such project by the utility in the past year.