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For Albright-Knox space at Northland, it's about the paintings, not the floor

The Albright-Knox Art Museum is coming to the East Side's Northland Corridor area. But first, there's a little matter to attend to, with some fancy footwork.

The Buffalo art museum is leasing 15,000 square feet of space at 612 Northland Ave., for community outreach, education and some art exhibits, while the Albright-Knox undertakes a major two-year renovation and expansion at its Elmwood Avenue site. The three-year lease at $4 per square foot begins Sept. 1, with an option for two more years.

The exterior work on the abandoned Northland building is largely complete, except for one thing:  The floor needed serious patching and leveling, to the tune of about $62,000.

"This was a heavy manufacturing space, and the floor is pitted and rutted," said Buffalo Urban Development Corp. President Peter Cammarata.

But why look at the floor when you should be looking at the artwork on display? "You can picture people looking at an exhibit and shuffling their feet, and not paying attention to where they are," Cammarata said.

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