Working For Downtown

Williamsville-based company looks to expand downtown

ColoCrossing Inc., a Williamsville-based data center, is adding staff and preparing to move its headquarters to downtown Buffalo.

Joseph Robinson, vice president of corporate development said that the 24-person company, founded in 2003 and located at 8195 Sheridan Dr., is weighing its options for a new office. Sites on Main Street and Delaware Avenue are being considered, he said, to expand the company’s 5,000 square-feet of data center.

Read more here from David Bertola at Business First

Canal work at Aud site is coming together

The actual construction work on the canals is approximately 57 percent completed and due to be finished by mid-October. The $23 million project has been delayed as the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. found itself in a complicated legal battle with Depew’s DiPizio Construction. The legal matter remains unsettled in New York State Supreme Court. DiPizio, the original low bidder on the project, is no longer working on the canals and was replaced by the Pike Co.

Read more here from Jim Fink at Business First

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Join us for installment of the Brown Bag Lunch Series. May’s guest speaker is Leslie Zemsky, Director of Fun at Larkin Square, who will discuss Larkinville Summer 2014 Events.


Larkin Square, located in the  heart of Larkinville, is open to the public and filled with colorful furniture and whimsical architecture. Larkin Square is home to assorted special events including Food Truck Tuesdays, Live at Larkin Wednesday concerts, and the Larkin Square Author Series.


Leslie will be discussing the Larkinville Summer 2014 Events.


Save a seat or pay for your lunch online, click here.


298 Main to be converted into apartments

All of downtown is seemingly ripe for development these days.  This from James Fink at Buffalo Business First:

Plans to renovate the upper floors of a historic downtown Buffalo office building into residential units is taking a big step forward with a prominent developer agreeing to take part in the project.

Representatives from Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. confirmed they will be partnering with the Kissling Interests LLC on a proposed $8 million makeover of the White Building at 298 Main St. Plans call for renovating the buildings top floors into at least 24 apartments.

Floors seven through 10 have been largely vacant since the DamonMorey LLP law firm moved from the building to the Avant Building.

The deal came about through the close relationship that Dennis Penman, Ciminelli executive vice president and principal, has with New York City-based Anthony Kissling, Kissling Interests namesake and founder. Kissling has been investing in Buffalo area real estate for nearly 15 years.

The White Building deal may open the door for other joint ventures between Kissling and Ciminelli, although both Penman and Kissling said there has only been preliminary talks.

Larkinville to add $5M apartment conversion

Larkinville and the area surrounding it keep getting stronger.  It seems just about every vacant building holds a world of potential for developers with big ideas. First came office space, then followed music and food. Now more restaurants and even retail space are being added. The conversion of 500 Seneca just up the street shows this can be a vibrant area of the city that is larger than one intersection.

550 Seneca is part of a $5M apartment conversion plan from Frontier Group of Cos.  94,675-square-feet of warehouse space would become 31 apartments with indoor parking.

“We’re talking about very quality apartments,” general contractor David Pawlik of Creative Structures Services Inc. said. “Expect them to be very cutting edge in their look and feel.”

Larkinville has seen such rapid development in part to its proximity to I-190, but also because this former industrial hub is surrounded by space for parking.  These appeal to companies that might otherwise have looked in the suburbs and residents who want to be in the city, but be able to park on premises.

Read more on the details of the plan from James Fink of Buffalo Business First here.

Buffalo ready to host and show off at NCAA Tournament

“You want one single reason why the NCAA keeps coming back to Buffalo? It’s the hospitality and coordination.”  Said Ken Taylor, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Associate Director of Basketball and Baseball, when asked why the NCAA  basketball tournament has come to town so frequently ( this year will be the fifth time since 2000).

This year, the city, Visit Buffalo Niagara, First Niagara Center, Buffalo Place Inc, and numerous restaurant owners have been coordinating months in advance in order make sure the anticipated 18,000 guests bringing an estimated $5.2 million to spend locally are well-accommodated.

Read more about those efforts from James Fink at Business First here.

Buffalo: Hockey Mecca?

harborDave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey says that HarborCenter represents the future of the sport he oversees.  “This is going to become a mecca of sorts,” Ogrean said during a recent visit to Buffalo. “I don’t even think they know yet everything that they might do. But the potential is enormous.”

Having three NHL-sized rinks linked together, along with a training center, leads Ogrean to call HarborCenter a first-of-its-kind U.S. hockey facility, and has prompted him to strengthen USA Hockey’s ties with the Sabres.

The NHL has also taken notice.

Last month, Commissioner Gary Bettman told The Associated Press that, because of HarborCenter, the league is seriously considering the Sabres’ pitch to relocate the NHL’s annual pre-draft scouting combine from Toronto to Buffalo.

“Listen, it’s an extraordinary investment in both Buffalo and hockey,” said Bettman. “We have been extraordinarily fortunate to have Terry Pegula come in because, not only is he investing in the Sabres, he’s investing in hockey, and he’s investing in the community with HarborCenter.”

Across center ice in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit reads: Hockeytown. Buffalo, on the other hand, is letting its development and momentum turn into a reputation that speaks for itself.

Read more from the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise here.

Elm Street development picks up with Planing Mill

planingmillIt was only a matter of time before development at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and downtown caught up to each out and pushed east.  Elm and Oak seem to be the next hot spot for development.

TM Montante Development has made it official: C&S Companies has agreed to relocate its Buffalo office to The Planing Mill, 141 Elm Street, thus doubling the size of the firm’s work space.  C&S, an engineering, planning and construction services firm, plans to move into the Class A office space next month from nearby 90 Broadway.

The historic building is the former site of the E.M. Hager & Sons Planing Mill and later The Spaghetti Warehouse, which was purchased by TM Montante Development in 2012.  The property is currently undergoing renovations, which was made possible by the recent approval of tax incentives by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for completion of the project.

Read more here from Buffalo Rising.