Bethlehem Steel

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

State leaders gathered in Lackawanna Tuesday to announce a court-backed plan in which the owners of former Bethlehem Steel land in Lackawanna will spend at least $35 million to remediate 489 acres for future new uses.

Erie County Industrial Development Agency

For generations, area residents have traveled up and down Route 5, flanked by the old Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna and hundreds of acres of old industry. Now a basic change is on the way: a bike path the length of the old steel plant.

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The last iron beam was added to TMP Technologies' new facility at the former Bethlehem Steel site. TMP becomes the first tenant to the 150-acre commerce park owned by the Erie County-backed Industrial Land Development Corporation.

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The Industrial Land Development Corporation met Monday night for the first time since December and announced progress on redeveloping the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. 


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For many longtime local residents, what's going on at the former Bethlehem Steet site in Lackawanna may seem unusual. Erie County is looking for a developer to build manufacturing space on the property.

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the former Bethlehem Steel site. The public heard plans Tuesday evening at St. Anthony's Church in Lackawanna.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

An old labor song from acoustic duo Meet the Bacons mixed with the mournful sound of "Taps" across Holy Cross Cemetery Monday. It was the 100th anniversary of immigrant and World War I veteran Casimer Mazurek being gunned down by Lackawanna Steel Company police.

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A local manufacturer has signed a letter of intent to purchase 28 acres of property at the former Bethlehem Steel site to build a new facility.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Imagine watching an old television newscast from when you were a kid. Now, it’s a reality for Western New Yorkers. The first batch of archival news footage digitized by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association is available online.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Some of the last relics of a former steel production complex in Lackawanna are being removed to make way for the Shoreline Trail.

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Even with the passage of 35 years, Noel Varela has all-too-vivid memories of December 27, 1982. On this day, Bethlehem Steel announced plans to shut down nearly all steelmaking operations at its Lackawanna Plant within six months.

WBFO's Avery Schneider

Ten months worth of investigation into the massive Bethlehem Steel site fire in Lackawanna last November has resulted in an undetermined cause.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A large chunk of land in the City of Lackawanna where the former Bethlehem Steel plant once stood is now the property of Erie County. After infrastructure updates, the county will pursue companies to help convert the space into a business park that will include renewable energy-powered advanced manufacturing.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Lackawanna residents met Monday night with state officials about the environmental aftermath of the massive fire on the old Bethlehem Steel grounds. Citizens said they were not getting the whole story and state officials said they did not know everything. / The Buffalo Fire Department

Buffalo's iconic fireboat – the Edward M. Cotter – has been defending against blazes all along the city's waterfront for over a century. This weekend, the boat’s 116th birthday was celebrated by hundreds of people. But what many of them may not know is that the boat serves as far more than just a tool for firefighters.

Jerry Urban

With a massive fire still consuming buildings on the old Bethlehem Steel site, residents of the community next to the plant have been moved out.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski declared a state of emergency in his city during the noon hour, calling for the evacuation of residents living near the site of a former Bethlehem Steel building where a fire continues to burn since Wednesday.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The massive smoke plume rising above the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna is a blow to city plans to use buildings on the site.

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Bethlehem Steel may have closed its Lackawanna plant 33-years ago, but the city and Albany are still groping for a way to clean and develop the site.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The iconic Bethlehem Steel sign was unveiled at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York in South Buffalo Thursday. The raising of the historic sign serves as a reminder of Buffalo’s rich steel heritage.


A Buffalo State graduate student's work is part of a special exhibit opening Friday night at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York. The project is in honor of the former Bethlehem Steel Administration Building in Lackawanna, which was recently torn down.

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A locomotive smashed through a banner as part of the official opening of a new rail line on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna Wednesday.

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An historic property at 204 High Street is facing an uncertain future.  It's been vacant for decades, but a local contractor and artisan is interested in restoring it.  Yet, the city has thrown roadblocks in his way and there are fears the structure could be demolished to make way for future development.

Judge says Bethlehem Steel demolition can proceed

Nov 27, 2012
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Despite the objections of preservationists, it appears a building that is part of the old Bethlehem Steel complex in Lackawanna will be demolished. 

WBFO News by Mike Desmond

Another preservation battle continues along the Lake Erie waterfront.   The debate over the decaying former Bethlehem Steel administration office building features some familiar arguments.

On the outside, windows are often boarded-up or broken. The roof may or may not be falling apart and the ornamental trees out front are almost out of control. 

But some wonder, is the building shot?

Bethlehem building gains a temporary reprieve

May 24, 2012

The former Bethlehem Steel administration building in Lackawanna will be spared the wrecking ball, at least temporarily.

The planned demolition of the structure has recently become the subject of public discussion with some in the preservation community calling for its renovation.

According to the Buffalo News, the state will not provide a $500,000 grant which would have covered the demolition's expense.

Nonetheless, the structure's current owner, Gateway Trade Center, will try to move forward with demolition proceedings.

Demolition planned for Bethlehem Steel structure

May 17, 2012

A remnant of the Buffalo area's steel-making glory days is facing demolition.

Crews are planning to start tearing down the original Bethlehem Steel administration building in Lackawanna on Friday.
Built in the Beaux Arts style in 1902, the crumbling, overgrown structure is located on the former Bethlehem Steel's Lake Erie waterfront complex.

The building has been vacant for 30 years, and is owned by a shipping business.