Demolition Begins at Northland Corridor Site

Site will house workplace training center on East Side

Mike Baggerman
May 25, 2017 - 3:27 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Demolition began Thursday for the Northland Corridor project on Buffalo’s East Side, something Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said provided a “psychological lift”.

“While this may have been a very rainy day, it’s another day of great progress in the City of Buffalo,” Brown said. “It shows that the work we’re doing never stops in the City of Buffalo.”

The demolition of 537 East Delevan Avenue will lead to the creation of the development of a workforce training center on Northland avenue. The mayor said it’s a part of the $60 million development. 

Governor Cuomo committed $44 million to the project as part of the Buffalo Billion initiative to revitalize Buffalo’s East Side. Its goal is to create an urban business park and the training center aims to provide employment opportunities for area residents in advanced manufacturing and energy, according to information from the state government’s website on the Buffalo Billion.

Following demolition, remediation work will begin where the $44 million workforce training center will be located. That remediation work is expected to take about three months and the mayor expects a groundbreaking ceremony by Summer 2018. 

“It will give us a site that we can prepare and make ready for training,” he said. “The demolition will give us some shovel-ready land for additional development in that area of the city.”

Demolition is expected to continue until July. Additional work to occur includes utility work on the roads, roadway improvements, and other amenities that make the area ready for development.

“Next year we expect to have the majority of the building done,” Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak said. “The construction of the roadway will be completed this year. We are well on schedule.”


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