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When Buffalo Place staffers need a hand, it's an intern to the rescue

Jonathan D. Epstein

Buffalo Place staff members have proven themselves adept at many tasks over the years as the nonprofit organization in charge of the downtown business improvement district has taken on growing responsibilities.

The organization markets downtown, coordinates events and activities, maintains the streetscape and infrastructure, provides extra security, promotes new businesses and residences, and researches ways to make the city more approachable and accessible for residents, workers and visitors.

But sometimes they need a younger hand.

Speaking to the group's board of directors Wednesday, Manager of Planning Debra Chernoff highlighted the city's progress with the Cars Sharing Main Street project at Canalside.

She said the new rails were welded in place a week ago, new electrical wires were pulled through conduits, new catenary and light poles are being delivered and installed, and new sidewalks have been poured – including a gray section pointing out where the historic canal crossed Main.

"It was fun to watch," she said. "We have some video to post, but we just need our intern to teach us how to do that."

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