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Buffalo

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…

Buffalo

The city agency that oversees the Northland Workforce Training Center received 10 proposals last week from restaurateurs interested in taking over the space briefly occupied by soul-food eatery Gigi's. The revived Gigi's – relaunched by Darryl Harvin, son of longtime owner Blondine Harvin – opened to great fanfare but closed in mid-March after just a couple of weeks in …

Buffalo

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…

Erie County

When Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visits Buffalo these days, she said she's seeing job training that she's never seen before. That's because there are finally jobs to be had. Those Western New York jobs, and the skills needed to do them, were the reason for Hochul's appearance in Buffalo Monday morning as she announced a total of $1.4 million in state funding for seven prog…

Gusto

With the news that an attempted resurrection of soul food restaurant Gigi's was unsuccessful, what breakfast place should replace it in the Northland Workforce Training Center? In my dreams, that is. The real world has leases and lawyers and human beings who can cope with only so much. In my dreams, though? The first candidate would be Mattie's, 1412 Fillmore St.,…

Business

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…

Buffalo

Fans went gaga for Gigi’s when the soul food restaurant reopened Monday after a three-year hiatus. Customers were so enthusiastic that they ran the staff ragged and pretty much ate the kitchen out of food. By Wednesday, owner Darryl Harvin realized that, in order to restock and reorganize, Gigi’s needed a day off. “We have underestimated our daily food supply need…

Gusto

Gigi’s, the reborn soul food restaurant, will welcome the public to its shiny new location on Feb. 18. Built into the northeast corner of the Northland Workforce Training Center, 683 Northland Ave., Gigi’s Northland will offer a menu of soul food classics, plus a new assortment of lighter dishes. “We are bringing back all the favorites,” said restaurant owner Darryl …

Buffalo

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 …

Buffalo

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 …

Buffalo

As the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. continues to target an August completion for the Northland Workforce Training Center, the quasi-city agency is now seeking tax breaks for the second phase of the state-funded project – Buffalo Manufacturing Works. BUDC is converting a 239,314-square-foot former manufacturing facility, on 10 acres at 683 Northland Ave., into the cen…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. and its contractors are pushing forward with efforts to complete the Northland Workforce Training Center in time for its August academic opening. The city agency, working with the state, is redeveloping a sprawling former industrial building at 683 Northland Ave. into the hub of a new light-industrial zone in an impoverished area of B…