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Development reaches into forgotten neighborhood

rendering from BNHT Architects

A vacant building in a struggling area will be getting a makeover, after approval from the city Planning Board. The $5 million project at Jewett Avenue and Halbert looks to build upon the successful development of the nearby Tri-Main Center.

The massive Tri-Main complex once served as a manufacturing facility for windshield wipers. Through the years it has evolved into a hot spot for emerging companies in Buffalo.

"The diverse population within the building helps to generate kind of leads for other tenants," said architect William Hovey.

"We have Neglia Ballet in there, Landies Candies, Great Arrow Graphics, just numerous different types of tenants which bring a broad, plus a huge not-for-profit, art, the Buffalo Art Studio is there."

Hovey told the Planning Board part of the project involves replacing part of the nearby building with a new two-story connecting structure with a visible main entrance.

"To support this, we're adding a new entrance at the connecting link between where the new two-story section is going and the existing three-story," Hovey explained.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.