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When a fire devastated an East Side building in 2011, the former food storage, distribution and manufacturing facility became a brownfield – property that sat idle for years due to environmental concerns.

Developers applaud budget's brownfield distinctions

Apr 2, 2015

Local developers are breathing a sigh of relief with the knowledge that new restrictions for brownfield development funding will apply only to the metro New York City area.

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The push for new apartments in downtown Buffalo appears to be moving farther and farther out from the Central Business District.

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Some proposed major developments in this area may not move forward, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's veto of legislation which would help pay for them.

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There's some good news out of Albany for local economic development in this area, with Governor Cuomo saying he will sign brownfields legislation.

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Local development officials say the new industrial park on the old Spaulding Fibre site in the City of Tonawanda is an example of "smart growth" strategy in economic development.

They are called Brownfield Opportunity Areas and the public is getting a chance this week to decide what to do with them.

In a series of public meetings, city officials are offering possible developments for each site and asking the public about each possibility. Then, they will be put together into a plan to be presented in September, with final decision toward the end of the year.

A 22-acre waterfront park is complete in the city's Ship Canal Commons. 

A brownfield site near Buffalo's waterfront off Route 5 was transformed into a new, public green space along the Union Ship Canal at the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park.

"If you build it, in the right place, with the right incentives and right amenities, and infrastructure, they will come," said Thomas A. Kucharski, President and CEO of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise.