BUFFALO, N.Y. — A massive project that has the power to transform Buffalo's East Side — that's how officials are describing the $60 million Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project. Demolition crews are readying the site to make way for construction.
"This is an incredibly huge psychological lift to the East Side of Buffalo. This is a massive project — more than $60 million," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
Demolition is starting in the next week or two, as the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project between Fillmore Avenue and Grider Street gets underway — thanks largely to funding from the Buffalo Billion.
Bids are going out next week for the mostly city-financed $5 million redesign of Northland Avenue, with construction set to begin in the next couple months and be wrapped up by the end of the year. The project will also help rehab homes for people living in the area and create new housing developments. The majority of money will go toward building the Western New York Workforce Training Center, which will have a coding school and manufacturing campus.
"This is a very important project for the neighborhood. This is going to create a facility in the workforce training center, which will attract people from all over Western New York, which will bring people back to this neighborhood, which has been lacking in that sort of attention for many years," said Peter Cammarata, the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation president.
There will be manufacturing, solar and other job training opportunities. Officials are also hoping for an entrepreneurial hub, with one business already committed. They also intend to have Buffalo Manufacturing Works move to the site.
The workforce center is set to open next summer.