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Renovated industrial structure expected to house software development

Rocco Termini

What's now an old industrial building on Chandler Street, filled with debris and old oil and with a roof which burned off years ago, is slated to be a home for software developers by July. It's developer Rocco Termini's latest project in his Pierce Arrow neighborhood along the railroad Belt Line in North Buffalo.

He says the facility will offer coders good offices, along with a pool and volleyball courts for a software company which has outgrown space in another of his buildings. Termini says there's need for space for really high-tech companies.
"Because I see things changing. We have venture capital now in Buffalo. Five years ago, we didn't," Termini said.

"You have companies that want to start high-tech ventures in Buffalo and there's really no place to put those people and this will be one of those places. And, we hope to have this included in the Startup New York."

Termini says the $13 million project will be completely finished by December of next year and is he's already looking at a building across Chandler Street. The workers in this building might need apartments in the old Pierce Arrow Administration Building which other developers are renovating and eat and drink in the restaurants along Elmwood Avenue. The new building will have lots of parking.

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.