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07/21/2015New York Power Authority's role growing as economic force in Buffalo Niagara

July 21--When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo came to Buffalo last week to unveil a site for a new $44 million worker training facility in Buffalo, the New York Power Authority was footing about a third of the project's cost. Earlier this month, organizers of the 43North business plan competition announced that it had attracted more than 3,000 qualified entrants to this year's $5 million contest -- with ...
07/21/2015Former Lewiston supervisor unveils a new plan for Ridge Road property

July 21--WHEATFIELD -- A plan for Bridgewater Estates, a $12.3 million senior apartment complex on Ridge Road in Lewiston, is not dead yet, but it took a step backward on Monday. Former Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steven Reiter unveiled a new plan for his family's property: a 9,500-square-foot mini self-storage building with 69 units at 1439 and 1441 Ridge Road, a six-acre parcel in Lewiston. ...
07/18/2015City would use eminent domain to acquire section of street for repairs

July 18--Tweet WATERTOWN -- The identities of A. Palmer Smith and Timothy A. Smith and their descendants remain a mystery. So city officials will have to use eminent domain to acquire a deteriorating section of Palmer Street Extension if they want to make it safe. For about a decade, city officials have debated whether the city should acquire that stretch of Palmer Street Extension and make ...
07/18/2015Developers tied to Albany scandals funded tax break push

July 18--ALBANY -- In the wake of two high-profile political corruption cases allegedly involving major New York City real estate developers, some of those same developers helped fund a $1.9 million Albany lobbying effort this year for a lucrative tax break. A lobbying disclosure filing provided Friday by the group Putting New Yorkers to Work, a nonprofit run by leadership of the real estate ...
07/17/2015N.J. begins eminent domain process against coastal land owners

July 17--TRENTON -- The Christie administration has filed the first legal actions against beachfront property owners in Ship Bottom and Ocean City who have refused to allow access to their property for beach replenishment and dune construction considered vital to protect the coast against future storms. The eminent domain filings -- one made in Ocean County Superior Court and the second in ...
07/16/2015Critics target architect picked to modernize Chautauqua Amphitheater, selection process

July 16--Critics of a plan to tear down the 1893 Chautauqua Amphitheater and build a replica are raising questions about the qualifications and selection process of the architect overseeing the project. Martin J. Serena, a principal with Serena Sturm Architects in Chicago, was chosen despite lacking a background in historic preservation and without the institution's soliciting proposals from ...
07/14/2015SolarCity aims to create 1,460 jobs

July 14--When SolarCity starts hiring later this year, the company expects to have six applicants for every job. And it anticipates creating 1,460 jobs. As the huge, 1.2 million-square-foot SolarCity factory rises along the Buffalo River, the next stage -- filling the factory with workers -- promises to set off the biggest Buffalo hiring spree in decades. Most of the hiring won't take place ...
07/13/2015Condos sales have a dual outlook

July 13--One-third of the condominiums available for purchase at the Historic Warehouse Lofts project in downtown Buffalo have been sold, but not necessarily for the owners to live in. Architect and developer Jake Schneider, who spent $7.5 million to renovate the former paper warehouse a the 30-unit residential building at 210 Ellicott St., is in the midst of turning those rental apartments ...
07/12/2015Navy Yard hits 10-year mark in stride

July 12--When computer engineer Jim Nasto started working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard about a decade ago, the 1,200-acre property was a virtual desert of vacant industrial buildings and abandoned parade grounds. Many of those buildings now make up Urban Outfitters' headquarters, while the vast open spaces are being shaped into office parks inhabited by such corporations as GlaxoSmithKline. ...
07/10/2015Mixed-Use Project Planned for Camden, N.J. Waterfront

July 10--Plans for a developer to build a large commercial and residential development on the Camden waterfront, including a hotel, are in the works. The mixed-use project, being considered for an area north of the Adventure Aquarium, would involve about 400,000 square feet of retail, office, and commercial space, as well as residential buildings and the hotel, according to individuals ...
07/10/2015NCCC "Learning Commons" project moves forward

July 10--SANBORN -- Niagara County Community College's board of trustees awarded a preliminary contract Wednesday for phase one of its $25 million "Learning Commons" improvement project. The agreement is not official yet, the college's President James P. Klyczek said, but it is a "template" through the American Institute of Architects that will be filled out in deliberations between the ...
07/10/2015Hotel developer has preassembled rooms shipped in for Rainbow Boulevard site

July 10--A construction method new to Niagara Falls officials -- and even the hotel developer utilizing it -- is taking place on Rainbow Boulevard. Ricky Patel, a managing member for developer SAI Lodging, said his Fairfield Inn and Suites on Rainbow Boulevard will take preassembled hotel rooms and lock them into the five-story hotel's metal frame. The units, 60 in total, have been in trailers ...
07/10/2015City offering $165K for Highland Avenue parcel

July 10--The former site of Union Carbide facilities on Highland Avenue may come to commercial market if a proposed agreement with the city is fulfilled. The city of Niagara Falls, which has previously sought purchase of the 5.5-acre parcel on Highland, near College Avenue, has proposed a $165,000 payment to obtain the property and the 37,000 square-feet its three buildings provide. The site ...
07/09/2015State awards $900,000 for local micro grid projects

July 09--ALBANY -- New York state is awarding $900,000 in grants to local groups that have proposed micro grid projects across the Capital Region. The state said Wednesday that 83 proposals across the state had each been awarded $100,000 toward studies to create the micro grids, which are small-scale electric generation projects that connect to the electrical grid of local utilities. The money ...
07/06/2015Tappan Zee tab still in question

July 06--ALBANY -- The tale of New York state's long road to the construction of a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge spans three decades and five governors. It carries millions of dollars spent on seemingly endless planning, chased more recently by at least $4 billion in expected costs for the new bridge, a sleek tuning-fork design that's expected to be completed in 2018. Put another way: ...
07/05/2015Probe Intensifies Into Port Authority of NY and NJ Use of Road Funds

July 05--At the Port Authority, even the lawyers are getting lawyers. More than 15 officials -- including three in-house attorneys -- have lawyered up amid an escalating investigation into the Port Authority's decision to redirect $1.8 billion in toll money from its Hudson River crossings to fix roads in New Jersey. The development signals that the 15-month-old joint investigation by the ...
07/05/2015Residents skeptical of city plan for neglected LaSalle Park

July 05--To many people, it should be one of the glittering jewels of the Buffalo parks system: LaSalle Park. But the waterfront park -- nestled between the Black Rock Channel and the Niagara Thruway, with an expansive view of Lake Erie -- has turned into a rutty, pothole-pocked eyesore often littered with park debris. Or, as one person put it, "Buffalo's worst park in Buffalo's best ...
07/05/2015Two companies are eyeing proposed airport business park

July 05--Tweet WATERTOWN -- Two companies have expressed interest in becoming the first major tenants of the planned business park at Watertown International Airport. Donald C. Alexander, CEO of the Jefferson County Local Development Corp., told the county's Industrial Development Agency board on Thursday that two unidentified companies are interested in moving into the business park proposed ...
07/04/2015Solar farms, sheep-grazing go hand in hand

July 04--Much goes into perfecting a solar farm. There are metal beams and motors and highly technical programming that shifts panels for optimal sun exposure -- and the technology is constantly advancing. But the latest additions to some solar sites in New Jersey are a bit more primal. They have four legs, hooves, and a hankering for grass and clover. You may have heard of them: sheep. On at ...
06/26/2015County to hold hearing on new jail complex

June 26--Community resistance to the proposed site of a $37 million public safety complex in the town of Schoharie has prompted the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors to organize a pubic hearing on the project. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. on July 6 at the county office building at 284 Main St., Schoharie. The county has already made a $5,000 down payment for the 2.3 acre parcel, part ...
06/26/2015'Transformational' project proposed for SUNY Buffalo State neighborhood

June 26--A developer plans to knock down dozens of dilapidated houses over the next five years and build student housing for 750 college students adjacent to SUNY Buffalo State, a project that city and college officials predict will transform the neighborhood. Apartments for 300 students, in the first phase, could open by September 2016. When completed, the project would cost between $75 ...
06/26/2015Officials predict student housing proposal will transform SUNY Buffalo State neighborhood

June 26--A developer plans to knock down dozens of dilapidated houses over the next five years and build student housing for 750 college students adjacent to SUNY Buffalo, a project that city and college officials predict will transform the neighborhood. Apartments for 300 students, in the first phase, could open by September 2016. When completed, the project would cost between $75 million and ...
06/25/2015$20.6 million USDA meat processing plant planned at Watertown business park

June 25--Tweet SACKETS HARBOR -- A $20.6 million meat processing facility certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been planned at the Jefferson County Corporate Park by a local developer and a group of farmers. Plans for the 42,000-square-foot facility at the park off outer Coffeen Street in the town of Watertown, about a mile west of Interstate 81, were announced Thursday by ...
06/24/2015New York University Study Finds Savings in Use of Design-Build Approach

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A report from New York University on Wednesday projected major savings from combining contracts to design and build public works, citing savings from the approach already in use on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management said 41 states use so-called design-build for most public construction, while New York four years ago first ...
06/23/2015Hiring to start for new Coxsackie distribution center

June 23--COXSACKIE -- A Virginia-based distributor of plumbing supplies is preparing to hire up to 100 workers at its new distribution warehouse in Coxsackie. Ferguson Enterprises, the nation's largest distributor of plumbing supplies, expects to start interviewing prospective employees by the end of the month, according to company officials. Applications are available online at ...

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