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A new tool library will be coming to the Northland Workforce Training Center, to make sure that lower-income students aren't shut out of opportunities because they can't afford to buy their own equipment. The Buffalo Urban Development Corp., which owns the facility at 683 Northland Ave., has agreed to buy welding, electrical and machine tools to stock an inventory that …

Oh, yeah, it's on. The battle between cordless and corded power tools has come to Buffalo, with the launch of a new YouTube video from home improvement retailer Lowe's, featuring the Northland Corridor and two kinds of Bosch drills. The North Carolina company used the construction site of the Workforce Training Center as a backdrop for a production shoot last month, …

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The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. needed subcontractors to work on the Northland Corridor's former Houdaille Manufacturing complex, located at 541 E. Delavan Ave. The agency sought firms to handle concrete piers and foundations; structural steel; framing; roofing; and masonry reconstruction. The contracts — all under budget — would have totaled $1.92 million. But 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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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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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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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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Efforts to complete the second half of a major Northland Corridor project took a step forward when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved a package of tax breaks for the renovation, upgrading and equipping of the building. ECIDA gave its assent to $1.94 million in additional sales tax savings, on top of $2.32 million it already granted for the first phas…

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Gigi's, the legendary East Side soul food restaurant that closed after a devastating fire over two years ago, is going to reopen – a little more than a mile from its former site. Darryl Harvin, the owner of the longtime East Ferry Street eatery, was selected Tuesday by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to operate a full-service kitchen and café at the new Workforce Tr…

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Welders, sheet metal workers, machinists and other skilled mechanical trades won't be the only people getting sophisticated training at the city's Northland Corridor. They'll be joined by theatrical and movie stagehands. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said Tuesday that the city has signed an agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local …

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The planned new Western New York Workforce Training Center now under construction in the Northland Corridor will receive $14 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits to support the overall redevelopment project on Buffalo's East Side. The 92,000-square-foot facility, funded largely through the state's Buffalo billion, will house administrative space, five classrooms a…

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Officials with the new Western New York Workforce Training Center at the Northland Corridor hub will be holding an information session this weekend for students, job-seekers, women, men and veterans. The applicant program, designed for those interested in careers in advanced manufacturing and energy, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Delavan-Grider Com…