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The cost of repairing a design flaw in the heating system at the new Northland Workforce Training Center is now approaching $150,000 – and counting. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., which owns and manages the facility at 683 Northland Ave., approved a second contract on Tuesday to fix the faulty HVAC system, this time to replace the exhaust ductwork that isn't large…

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The Northland Workforce Training Center has plenty of hot air. It's just not in the right places – and that put a definite chill in the East Side facility this winter. The culprit: An apparent mistake in the design of the heating system, and it could cost the city agency overseeing the project nearly $500,000 to fix. Here's the problem: The ceilings in the longtime f…

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Less than two weeks after popular soul-food restaurant Gigi's closed for good at the Northland Corridor, dozens of prospective new restaurant operators are interested in taking up the mantle at the new Workforce Training Center building on Buffalo's East Side. Buffalo Urban Development Corp. President Peter Cammarata said nearly 70 people have expressed interest in rece…

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Darryl Harvin learned a painful lesson in the hardest way possible over the past few weeks: Being a part of a family that has a successful business does not mean you will be successful running the family business. “We were over our head in a lot of different areas," the owner of the now-defunct Gigi's Restaurant said Thursday. "I’m not a restaurateur or a chef, and ther…

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Stephen Tucker has been confronting a challenge. More than two-thirds of the applicants to his Northland Workforce Training Center have failed to qualify for admission to the school because they couldn't pass the literacy test for reading at a 10th-grade level. But Tucker hopes a new remedial reading program the center has launched will help overcome it. Out of ab…

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As work continues on the new home of Buffalo Manufacturing Works next to the Northland Workforce Training Center, officials with the agency that owns that facility are turning their attention to a pair of nearby buildings in the same light-industrial complex. Citing the dearth of manufacturing and warehouse space available in the area, the Buffalo Urban Development Corp…

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The Northland Workforce Training Center has doubled its enrollment to 200 students at its East Side facility, even as construction work continues on the light-industrial hub that the city and state are creating. The educational center — designed to provide technical skills training to residents of the impoverished nearby neighborhoods so they can obtain advanced manufac…

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After decades of neglect, more than $250 million in redevelopment projects are underway on Buffalo's East Side, with more planned or in the works. From a smattering of projects along a big stretch of Jefferson Avenue to a couple of large ventures along Broadway and Fillmore Avenue, developers, businesses and government agencies are investing significant money in neighbo…

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It's been open for less than four months, but the Western New York Workforce Training Center is already expanding. The light-industrial training facility that opened in September on Buffalo's East Side plans to add more space at its current site to accommodate its two-year electrical program, taught by Erie Community College and Alfred State College. It currently has…

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The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. on Tuesday approved the acquisition of another property in the Northland Belt Line Corridor, adding to the growing light-industrial and training campus that it's developing with more than $120 million in state and other funding. The agency's board backed the $425,000 purchase of a 1.81-acre property at 714 Northland, including an 18,9…

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The Northland Corridor light industrial campus on Buffalo's East Side is poised to grow yet again. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. – which owns and manages the complex of properties and buildings – is planning to purchase another manufacturing facility on Northland to give it additional land for future development. The 1.81-acre property, located at 714 Northland…

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Portions of the Northland Beltline Corridor campus on Buffalo's East Side may qualify for StartUp NY under agreements with three local colleges, enabling new tenants in the commercial and industrial hub to receive the state program's special tax benefits. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. – which owns and manages the Northland project as an economic development zone –…

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The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. is considering the purchase of another parcel of land in the Northland Corridor area, as the success of its efforts to create a new light-industrial and job-training center is attracting attention from nearby property owners. Agency officials did not disclose the location of the property – which was discussed during a closed-door exec…

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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 …

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It's on to Phase Two of the state's sprawling Northland Corridor project. With work nearly complete on the new Northland Workforce Training Center, the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. has approved a new $33.46 million construction contract to prepare the rest of the complex for housing Buffalo Manufacturing Works' expanded operation. The quasi-city agency backed the …