The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. on Tuesday approved two additional contracts for the second phase of the Northland Corridor build-out project for Buffalo Manufacturing Works, while also extending its own lease for shared space with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.
BUDC's board backed the hiring of C.J. Brown Energy for commissioning services to ensure the proper installation and functioning of HVAC, electrical and other building systems at 683 Northland Ave., at a cost of $39,775. The agency also hired SJB Services for third-party field testing and inspections related to soil, concrete, masonry, steel, fireproofing and other work, for a maximum cost of $65,000.
The contracts are part of the larger $100 million project in which BUDC is managing the redevelopment of 35 acres of former industrial buildings and land on the East Side into a new light-industrial training and business hub, centered around 683 Northland.
The first phase is already largely completed, with the new Western New York Workforce Training Center now open in half of that building, and crews putting finishing touches on the space. The major training equipment has been delivered and installed, and classes began Sept. 10.
"Things are moving along," said BUDC Vice President David Stebbins. "We achieved one of our primary goals."
The second phase is now underway, with BUDC overseeing the build-out of the other half of the building for Buffalo Manufacturing Works, which will relocate from its current location near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Construction is also continuing at 537 East Delavan Ave. and 612 Northland, where asbestos abatement, nonhazardous demolition, masonry work and roofing are completed, while new windows have been ordered, exterior site improvements are underway, electrical and plumbing work has started and HVAC work will begin shortly. The building is slated to be occupied in the first quarter.
Design work and construction documents are being prepared for 541 East Delavan, and street work on Northland is almost done.
"Within a couple of weeks, you might be able to drive down Northland again," Stebbins said.
Finally, BUDC renewed its five-year sublease at 95 Perry St., where it occupies 1,300 square feet of space for three staff members within the larger ECIDA offices.
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