Revitalization is Underway on Buffalo City’s East Side
 
Published On: Monday, March 19, 2018
Original Publisher: Carpenter Contractor Trust


Funding from New York State helps create a new manufacturing hub on Buffalo’s East Side, providing employment and training opportunities for a community that was once encompassed in poverty.

Authored by: Bill Bing, Local 276 Council Representative, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters

Funding from New York State helps create a new manufacturing hub on Buffalo’s East Side, providing employment and training opportunities for a community that was once encompassed in poverty.
 
In September 2014, the Buffalo Billion Initiative awarded funding to secure the 50 acres of vacant and underutilized land in the Northland Corridor. With over 700,000 square feet of building, it is one of the most extensive industrial areas on Buffalo’s East Side. Since then, the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), in partnership with state entities, Empire State Development (ESD), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), and the City of Buffalo, have crafted a complete initiative plan for the site and its buildings.

There is no doubt that the Northland Corridor is an ideal location for Buffalo City’s next manufacturing hub. The project is not only preparing a workforce but is transforming an entire community. This redevelopment project will create an urban business park and a workforce training center and is intended to provide employment opportunities for residents in advanced manufacturing and energy. Anchored by the Western New York Workforce Development Center, 250,000 square feet is currently under development. For a cost of $44,000,000, the anchor tenant and its affiliates will be teaching an ever-changing workforce in a community that was once encompassed in poverty.
Local partners on this redevelopment project are the 3480 Group, a signatory contractor with the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. The 3480 Group is owned and run by Pro Football Hall of Famer, Thurman Thomas and his wife, Patti. Last month, Local 276 Council Representatives, walked a group of kids from a Buffalo inner-city charter school through the job site.
This project which is led by the construction management firm, Gilbane Building Co., is expected to create over 150 construction jobs and nearly 100 people for full-time employment once opened for business. This is a true win for the East side of Buffalo and the State of New York.



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