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Second phase of work starts at Northland

City officials are starting to kick off planning for the second phase of the Northland Corridor light-industrial hub, even as the first phase of work continues on the Western New York Workforce Training Center and other facilities.

Construction on the primary building at 683 Northland Ave. is now 35 percent complete, while the asbestos and environmental cleanup of the site is 95 percent done, according to a work summary by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp., which is overseeing the project.

Workers from multiple trades are onsite, handling underground plumbing, roofing, masonry restoration, concrete infill, site utilities, electrical work, and structural steel framing. Participation by women and minorities is exceeding project goals.

At 537 East Delavan Ave. and 612 Northland, demolition of the main plant is now complete, while asbestos cleanup is 85 percent done and roofing work is 75 percent done. Work will pick up again in the spring, including removal of windows. Streetscape and utility work on Northland Avenue is partly done, and will also restart in the spring.

BUDC now has a signed lease for the Workforce Training Center, as well as a signed letter of intent for Buffalo Manufacturing Works, which will occupy space alongside the training center inside the 242,000-square-foot building at 683 Northland.

"Having Buffalo Manufacturing Works there along with the Workforce Training Center really gives us a leg up in attracting manufacturers to the campus," said BUDC Vice President David Stebbins.

Initial schematic designs are now completed for the $34.3 million phase, and BUDC approved a $142,640 contract with Gilbane Building Co. to start preconstruction services. The agency also approved a new $24,000 contract for community outreach services by Sandy White's Mustard Seed World Consulting Group, extending an existing agreement for another year.

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