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Request for Uniland tax breaks delayed

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Some questions are delaying proposals for subsidies to help pay for a new corporate home for Delaware North Companies in downtown Buffalo.   A complicated series of subsidies was set to be discussed Monday morning at the Policy Committee of the ECIDA. Uniland is looking for about $10 million in subsidies to help pay for office space, a hotel and a parking ramp.

The complex would run along Delaware, Chippewa and Elmwood at a cost near $90 million. Developer Carl Paladino says the proposals go well beyond subsidies used by developers like himself.

Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe says the proposals will be discussed in a special meeting in about two weeks.

"The project was not ready. We were still negotiating with the companies about what they were seeking and what  the IDA would feel comfortable recommending. And, also what the Common Council and the County Legislature might be comfortable. They also have a role in this if the project goes forward," Tobe told WBFO News.

Tobe says Paladino's objections include claims Albany isn't going to kick in as much in Brownfields tax credits as Uniland is saying and that's being looked into.

County Executive Poloncarz is on record opposed to subsidizing more hotels and Tobe won't say if that's true for the Delaware North hotel.

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.