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02/27/2015Buffalo to Help Minority-and Women-Owned Construction Firms

Feb. 27--City officials are working to create a new business development center in Buffalo to help start and grow more minority- and women-owned construction contractors, as they seek to fill a void often cited by real estate developers who struggle to meet minority staffing requirements on construction projects. The city has been working for about six months on a plan to develop the Beverly ...
02/26/2015Cohoes Counts on Cohoes Hotel Development to Transform Remsen Street

Feb. 26--COHOES -- The city will take over the Cohoes Hotel Tuesday in what city officials hope will be an important step in the redevelopment of Remsen Street. Developer Uri Kaufman, who transformed Harmony Mills into an upscale residential setting with 320 apartments, is donating the 23-unit hotel at 134 Remsen St. to the Cohoes Local Development Corp. The 20 occupants, city officials said, ...
02/26/2015Gouverneur Residents to Vote Tuesday on $31.45M School Capital Project

Feb. 26--GOUVERNEUR -- Residents in the Gouverneur Central School District head to the polls Tuesday to vote on a proposed $31.45 million capital project that includes renovations and reconfiguration of grade levels at the district's three school buildings. Voting will be from 1 to 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 133 E. Barney St. Voters should use the Rock Island Street entrance. School ...
02/25/2015Watertown Arena Project Could Hinge on Votes of Two Council Members

Feb. 25--WATERTOWN -- The long-awaited renovation of the Watertown Municipal Arena might be on thin ice if two City Council members cannot be persuaded to vote for the approximately $10 million project Monday night. Teresa R. Macaluso and Joseph M. Butler must give their blessing to bond for the project or it might not proceed. With four votes needed to bond the project, Mayor Jeffrey E. ...
02/25/2015Laborers Berate Bills That Would Ease 'Prevailing Wage' Rules

Feb. 25--MIDDLETOWN -- Fifteen bills that would reduce the number of public construction projects that pay union wages inspired vehement opposition from hundreds of union construction workers, far more than could fit Tuesday night in a standing-room-only hearing room. The audience at times applauded pro-worker speakers and at times heckled legislators or a town official advocating for ...
02/25/2015NY Transit Officials Review Safety After Train-Car Collision

NEW YORK (AP) — Transportation officials said Wednesday they are reviewing safety practices at railroad crossings throughout suburban New York including adding warning signs, red-light cameras and sensors that would alert a train of the presence of a vehicle on the tracks after an SUV collided with a Metro-North commuter train, killing six people. The chairman of the Metropolitan ...
02/25/2015Judge OKs Eminent Domain for Pipeline

Feb. 25--The proposed Constitution Pipeline project has taken a major advance forward, with a federal judge granting it eminent domain rights to easements on properties whose owners had been resisting right-of-way agreements. Pipeline construction is now expected to begin this summer, said Christopher Stockton, a spokesman for Williams Partners, the energy company that is the lead partner in ...
02/25/2015Brighton Apartments Project Receives $792,000 Grant

Feb. 25--WATERTOWN -- Neighbors of Watertown Inc. has received a nearly $800,000 financial boost for its plans to renovate the Brighton Apartments and part of Empsall Plaza on Court Street. Gary C. Beasley, executive director of Neighbors, recently got word that the housing agency received the $792,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. It will use the grant to upgrade 36 units ...
02/25/2015Christie Pick Approved for Pinelands Panel

Feb. 25--TRENTON -- The third time was the charm for Robert Barr, a Gov. Chris Christie nominee for a seat on the Pinelands Commission. Despite protests from environmentalists at the public hearing Tuesday that Barr is cozy with pro-development forces, Barr was confirmed for a three-year term in a 7-5-1 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was the third time the Ocean City resident had ...
02/25/2015More Subway Delays Ahead if NYC Can't Fund Transit Budget

NEW YORK (AP) — It's an ominous refrain, repeated endlessly in the same automated monotone: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are delayed because of train traffic ahead of us." Every New Yorker who rides the subway to work each day — all 6 million of them, on the busiest days — has heard that message echoed over the loudspeakers when a train car has come to an unexpected halt. What most commuters ...
02/24/2015SolarCity's Structural Steel Rising

Feb. 24--The construction of the sprawling SolarCity complex at RiverBend in South Buffalo is moving into its next phase, with the first structural steel going up for what will become one of the world's biggest solar panel factories. Despite the record cold this month and November's record snowfall, the project remains on schedule, with expectations that SolarCity will be able to start ...
02/24/2015Whistleblowers, Activists Call for Federal Probe Into Peace Bridge Road Project

Feb. 24--WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C.-based whistleblowers group and neighborhood activists near the Peace Bridge are seeking a federal investigation of the state's project to improve highway access at the span, accusing the Cuomo administration official in charge of the project of ignoring a key environmental law -- and committing a criminal offense by misleading the public about it. In ...
02/24/2015$10.5M UNH Dining Hall Expansion Plans to be Presented

Feb. 24--DURHAM -- Design plans for a $10.5 million expansion to UNH dining hall Holloway Commons have been finalized and will be presented to the Durham Planning Board on Wednesday. Both board members and members of the public will be able to make comments during the public hearing on the project, which will begin at 7 p.m. The University System Board of Trustees approved the 9,000 square ...
02/24/2015Manchester, Conn., Board Gets Report On New School

Feb. 24--MANCHESTER -- The school board heard an update on capital projects Monday night, including work on a new school, district-wide security upgrades and renovation of Manchester High School's athletic facilities. Voters in November approved funding for a new fifth- and sixth-grade school as part of an $84.2 million school modernization referendum. The school will combine Bennet Academy, ...
02/23/2015Builder Plans Mix of Affordable and Luxury Apartments in Milford, N.H.

Feb. 23--MILFORD -- The last big undeveloped piece of land in east Milford could be developed into a four-building apartment complex. Ron Dupont, owner of Red Oak Apartment Homes LLC, brought preliminary designs to the Milford Planning Board Feb. 18. Located on Capron Road, off Nashua Street, the complex would have a mix of affordable and luxury units on 25 acres, he said, in four buildings ...
02/23/2015Expanding Gardner's Basin Part of A.C. Revitalization Plan

Feb. 23--ATLANTIC CITY -- In the shadow of the casinos lies Gardner's Basin -- a quaint, fishing village-like swath in the city's Northeast Inlet that many consider a gem, one that's been hidden and underused for decades. That's about to change as Atlantic City, faced with an uncertain economic future that must depend less on gambling, hopes an ambitious plan to transform Gardner's Basin into ...
02/22/2015Clifton-Fine School Project Up for Revote in March

Feb. 22--STAR LAKE -- Residents in the Clifton-Fine Central School District will head to the polls March 17 to revote on a capital project that was narrowly defeated in December. This time, district officials have divided the project into two separate propositions. A public information session to discuss the plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 3 in the school auditorium, 11 Hall Ave. School ...
02/22/2015N.J.'s Recent Uptick in Federal Highway Aid in Jeopardy

Feb. 22--TRENTON -- Billions of dollars are spent each year building and maintaining a New Jersey road system that, nevertheless, is riddled by congestion, crumbling surfaces and outdated designs. Now policymakers in both Trenton and Washington are at a "Y" in the road, with big implications for our pocketbooks. At both the state and federal level, such infrastructure investments face ...
02/22/2015Bethel, Conn., Proposes Developing Around Train Station

Feb. 22--BETHEL -- A proposal to turn outdated industrial properties near the train station into retail shops and housing has been moving forward in recent months, prompted in part by developers who are eager to update their own properties. For more than seven years, town officials have been working on a proposed transit-oriented development district that would encompass about 133 acres ...
02/21/2015Ad Hoc Committee Meets to Discuss Mall Proposal in Norwalk, Conn.

Feb. 21--NORWALK -- The ad-hoc committee, formed to expedite review of General Growth Property, Inc.'s proposal for a shopping mall on the 95/7 site on West Avenue, focused on the topics of the minimum and maximum square footage for retail; definition of public realm space; and reviewed transit and pedestrian connections at their weekly meeting Saturday in council chambers at City Hall. ...
02/21/2015New London Taking Stock of Its School Facilities With Master Plan

Feb. 21--NEW LONDON -- On a path toward becoming the state's first all-magnet school district, New London has a strategic operating plan that lays out specific goals for its ever-evolving school system. But the plan does not detail how the district is to use or supplement its existing school buildings to support the kind of "high-performing, effective schools" it calls for. So as the district ...
02/20/2015Watertown Arena Renovation to Cost $1.6M More, Won't Be Done in Time for Wolves' Next Hockey Season

Feb. 20--WATERTOWN -- The much-anticipated renovation of the Watertown Municipal Arena will cost $1.6 million more than expected and won't be done in time for next year's Watertown Wolves hockey season. When bids were opened Friday morning, city officials learned that the major upgrade to the ice arena at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds would end up with $8.850 million in construction costs, or ...
02/20/2015Excelsior's Buffalo Surgery Center Expansion Wins Amherst Planning Board Backing

Feb. 20--A proposed $9 million expansion of the Buffalo Surgery Center on Excelsior Orthopaedics' Sheridan Drive campus received preliminary approval Thursday night from the Amherst Planning Board. Excelsior and Matrix Development are planning to build a 27,960-square-foot, one-story structure to house clinical and surgical services in orthopedics, pain management and ophthalmology. The ...
02/20/2015Cheektowaga Project Delay is Heading for Arbitration

Feb. 20--The renovation and addition to the Town of Cheektowaga's police and court buildings were completed within the budget, town officials say, and they are happy with the work. They're not happy, however, with the extra year it took to finish the project, which began in March 2013. And now, the town and two of the project's contractors are headed toward arbitration as they try to resolve ...
02/20/2015Robert Moses Parkway Removal Plans Shown Off to Public

Feb. 20--State officials are gathering comments from the public on design plans for the removal of a section of the Robert Moses Parkway. Representatives from stakeholder agencies held a public information session Thursday and took comments from those in attendance on several options for the parkway removal project, including the configuration of vehicular entranceways to parking lots and ...

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