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Old July 4th, 2019, 02:33 AM   #18801
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Trico announcement in the matter of a few days, love it!

Don’t count on any serious Trico work being done. It’s very much still currently DOA.
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Old July 4th, 2019, 03:13 AM   #18802
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Donít count on any serious Trico work being done. Itís very much still currently DOA.
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"Krog said the first phase, likely the commercial space component, should be tenant-ready by next summer. The apartments and hotel are on pace to be completed by late 2020."

That is a fairly specific and fast schedule. I would think if the project was truly DOA and he was just lying to the media that he would be much more vague about the timeline.
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Old July 4th, 2019, 08:53 AM   #18803
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Why bother replying to the troll. Look at his other posts and you can see heís just a sad and bitter little person.
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Old July 8th, 2019, 07:18 PM   #18804
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Cleaning products maker plans move to ex-Bethlehem Steel site

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TMP Technologies plans to move its manufacturing operations from Buffalo to the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, a step toward a business revival in the sprawling waterfront complex.

TMP, a maker of cleaning products, has signed a letter of intent to buy about 28 acres owned by the Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp., for about $1.1 million.

TMP plans to move into a planned 280,000-square-foot new facility on the property. The company says its has grown to the point where it has run out of manufacturing space in its current location at 1200 Northland Ave.

TMP expects to retain about 100 jobs, and add about 30 jobs over the next few years, once the new plant is built, according to county officials.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 12:38 AM   #18805
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Anyone here make it to the tall ship fest? I was curious about your thoughts. It sounds like it was a hit for the city.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 01:30 AM   #18806
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Went down there. We weren't going to board the ships but heard a lot of grumbling that the entire Canalside boardwalk and grass next to it was fenced off for the entire holiday weekend. So you couldn't enjoy any waterfront from Erie Basin Marina to the DLW terminal unless you antied up $20 bucks per person. If they ever bring this back it should be at the outer harbor and not killing off all water access to the thousands of people that just wanted to enjoy Canalside on a holiday weekend.

We were in that area Thursday and Friday afternoons. There was plenty of free onstreet parking within a couple blocks of the Marina. We parked on the road that goes through Cathedral Park. Crowds were very thin both days. Hundreds of people not thousands by any stretch of the imagination. Look at the pictures of the Thursday sail by and you see a sea of grass not people
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Went down there. We weren't going to board the ships but heard a lot of grumbling that the entire Canalside boardwalk and grass next to it was fenced off for the entire holiday weekend. So you couldn't enjoy any waterfront from Erie Basin Marina to the DLW terminal unless you antied up $20 bucks per person. If they ever bring this back it should be at the outer harbor and not killing off all water access to the thousands of people that just wanted to enjoy Canalside on a holiday weekend.

We were in that area Thursday and Friday afternoons. There was plenty of free onstreet parking within a couple blocks of the Marina. We parked on the road that goes through Cathedral Park. Crowds were very thin both days. Hundreds of people not thousands by any stretch of the imagination. Look at the pictures of the Thursday sail by and you see a sea of grass not people
Interesting- the news estimated 125k visitors through the 4 days. Sounds like the weekend had bigger crowds.
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Saturday was a rainout. It's telling that before the festival the organizers were on the news saying they expected 125k attendance and miraculously at the end they are telling everyone 125k people showed up. Not 120k and not 130k but the exact number they projected. Sorry I was there 2 of the 3 non rainy days and the crowds were no where's near what they would of needed to hit 125k in attendance, unless 90,000 showed up Sunday. The empty parking lots are proof of the lack of attendance. They didn't start to fill up until near dusk on the 4th.

Saying 125,000 showed up to see the ships is just local 'fake news' keep me of like saying 400,000 people attend the Allentown Art Festival
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Old July 9th, 2019, 02:30 AM   #18809
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We went down canalside and the outer harbor on Sunday (not for the ships) and it was crowded. I have no idea if the count they gave was accurate but I'm guessing a lot of it was on Sunday.

I was also there Thursday night for the fireworks and that was crazy busy too. If they included that night's crowd towards the total count, plus Sunday, then it makes sense.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 03:33 AM   #18810
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Saturday was a rainout. It's telling that before the festival the organizers were on the news saying they expected 125k attendance and miraculously at the end they are telling everyone 125k people showed up. Not 120k and not 130k but the exact number they projected. Sorry I was there 2 of the 3 non rainy days and the crowds were no where's near what they would of needed to hit 125k in attendance, unless 90,000 showed up Sunday. The empty parking lots are proof of the lack of attendance. They didn't start to fill up until near dusk on the 4th.

Saying 125,000 showed up to see the ships is just local 'fake news' keep me of like saying 400,000 people attend the Allentown Art Festival


We went Friday afternoon. It was packed and it was a shit show... very disorganized for something that is done every year in bigger cities... the ships were very cool but overall I was disappointed. Only made it on 3 ships over 2.5 hours, no signage, the directions that came with the online tickets and in the newspaper were poor, no mist stations or water bottle fillups.. of course tons of slushy and ice cream vendors. Iím amazed no one collapsed with the temperatures and the restrictions on what could be brought in..

I agree that It should be at the outer harbor and the general unhappiness of the people who were unaware of the event... it stretched out way too much over the entirety of the Ďdevelopedí waterfront.

Hopefully it comes back and they learn from the mistakes this time around
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Old July 9th, 2019, 03:42 AM   #18811
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Sounds like there is serious room for improvement. They have 3 years to do the planning, so no excuse next time around.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 05:27 AM   #18812
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If they included that night's crowd towards the total count, plus Sunday, then it makes sense.

Except the Thursday night crowd was there DESPITE the ships not because of them.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 06:53 AM   #18813
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Except the Thursday night crowd was there DESPITE the ships not because of them.
I understand that. But there's really no way to separate them. The events overlapped. I was at canalside during the afternoon for other reasons, not the ships, but it's not like they asked my intentions before counting me. They just count. There's a lot going on at canalside. Plus people going to see the ships were spreadout over canalside, inner harbor, outer harbor, lighthouse and marina. I'm guessing they gave a total headcount for the holiday weekend.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 07:07 AM   #18814
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I agree that It should be at the outer harbor
Space-wise... sure. But there is literally no place to board a ship on the outer harbor. The city would need to build docks and boardwalks, and dredge the shore. This isn't reasonable for the near future. If we want direct access to ships it will need to be at the inner harbor for a very long time.

I get what your saying about the poor logistics and all the restrictions. But it's the first time we've had an event like this and they also had to deal with security concerns. Next time will probably be better organized.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 02:34 PM   #18815
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It would be great to move this section of CSMS forward. If completed, it leaves just the section of Main between Church and Mohawk to be completed - and a likely bet for funding to fully complete the project. More important than the access to street parking is the beautification this project brings to our 'Main Street'.

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As crews continue work on bringing car traffic back to the foot of Main Street, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced a new lobbying effort to secure a $25 million federal grant to help pay for the next phase of the project between Exchange and Church streets — including the roadway underneath Seneca One tower.

Standing in the shadow of Buffalo's tallest building, New York's senior senator — together with Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, M&T Bank Corp. executives and Seneca One developer Douglas Jemal — unveiled plans Monday for the next stage of the city's Cars Sharing Main Street initiative.

That would cover another three-block stretch of the downtown artery, restoring a two-way road alongside the train tracks for a fifth section of Main. Work would likely take at least two years, but trains would continue to run throughout the phase, as they have in the past.

The project would link with the $22.5 million phase of work that is now underway south of Exchange, connecting downtown Buffalo to Canalside. And it comes just after Buffalo-based M&T agreed to bring up to 1,500 new jobs to a technology hub it plans to create at Seneca One, helping to bring the massive complex back to life.

"M&T Bank’s economy-jolting, job-creating investment in Buffalo tells us that Buffalo is back in a big way," Schumer said during a press conference. "Not only are these 1,000 jobs, but they are the kind of jobs that we want. That's just the shot in the arm that Western New York needs. But to help this investment take root, we need good infrastructure."

City officials have submitted their application to the U.S. Department of Transportation for funding under the government's new BUILD program, but the backing of Schumer — the Senate Minority Leader — will provide a major boost to the effort.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Schumer wrote that the growth of Canalside, the revival of Seneca One by Jemal, and the arrival of M&T's technology hub "makes the need for an updated and modern downtown center all the more pressing."

"We must strike while the iron is hot. There has never been a better time to invest in downtown Buffalo," he wrote. "The ability to attract tech talent will be dependent upon Buffalo’s growing status as a desirable place to live."

Similar support by Schumer for previous grants — under the earlier Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program — already yielded $33 million for the Cars Sharing Main Street initiative in the past, out of $53 million in total investment. Including the current and future phases, total spending will top $100 million.

"He’s been incredibly helpful," Brown said. "So we are very, very pleased that he remains supportive of the project, and that he is playing a leadership role in helping us with this new application."

If approved, the funding would cover most — but not all — of the $37.7 million cost of this latest phase.

The rest — more than $10 million — will come from the city and Jemal's Douglas Development Corp., through a "public-private partnership" that will involve a rarely-used financing tool called a PIF. That's a "tax diversion strategy" where money from a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement that lowers a site's property taxes is used to pay for public infrastructure improvements.

The deadline for grants is July 15, and officials hope to receive an answer by late fall or early winter. Schumer said the combination of municipal participation and the private-sector involvement, along with his own lobbying, is expected to strengthen the application.

"I’m excited by this. I’m going to use all the clout I have in Washington to do everything I can to get this done," he said.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 04:43 PM   #18816
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Some work starting at canalside today, starting to work on that building by the boardwalk and bridge.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 09:11 PM   #18817
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Albright-Knox, Elmwood Crossing to dominate July 15 planning board meeting

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A pair of signature projects that bookend Elmwood Avenue and collectively represent $280 million in investments will dominate the Buffalo Planning Board meeting on July 15.
Up for review is the $160 million renovation of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and an expansion and mandated environmental impact review of the $120 million Elmwood Crossing project is planned for the former Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo campus.
Additional projects of note are also on the agenda, including a proposed five-unit townhouse project on Jersey Street and nearly $300 million worth of developments citywide.
The Elmwood Crossing project — a mixed-use campus proposed by Sinatra & Co. Real Estate and Ellicott Development — has been the subject of several meetings; for Albright-Knox, this marks only its second presentation before the planning board.
Albright-Knox’s AK360 initiative will see more than 86,000-square-feet of gallery and exhibition space added along with extensive renovations to the arts and cultural destination.
The expansion is highlighted by a semi-transparent building on the northeast end of the gallery’s Elmwood Avenue campus. The new building will be directly connected to Albright-Knox’s original 1905 building courtesy of a winding scenic bridge.
Plans also call for the Elmwood Avenue parking lot to be buried and replaced by open land and the restoration of the west stairs that were part of the original 1905 building.
Much of the funding comes from $52 million offered by investor Jeffrey Gundlach, whose name will be added to the gallery when the project is completed by late 2021.
The project has been backed by the Buffalo Preservation Board. Planning board approval is the final city sign off, outside of construction permits.
Construction is pegged to start after the gallery closes in November.
Elmwood Crossing will feature a mix of housing options from upscale townhouses to affordable apartments along with restaurants, retail, offices and day-care options. A hotel is also being considered.
The project will be developed in phases during the next five years.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 10:16 PM   #18818
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Judge backs Ciminelli's 201 Ellicott project

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Following a ruling in State Supreme Court, the proposed mixed-use project at 201 Ellicott Street can proceed.
State Supreme Court Justice Emilio Colaiacovo ruled last week that Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. can move forward with its $50 million development that will turn a downtown parking lot near the [email protected] and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library into a 21,000-square-foot market and 201 apartments. The Ciminelli development team expects to close on the 2.5-acre site at 201 Ellicott Street this week.
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Shame on Rocco for even bringing on this lawsuit.
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Old July 9th, 2019, 11:03 PM   #18819
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Of course I'm sure Terminal will appeal, and drag this out for years.
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Old July 10th, 2019, 05:52 AM   #18820
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Here's something from my new camera, it's site clearing work at the Waterfront Village project.

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