Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project
On July 15, 2015, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled plans for the $44 million Western New York Workforce Training Center, a new hub which will focus on training for emerging careers in advanced manufacturing and energy sectors. The facility is being funded with $29 million from the Buffalo Billion and $15 million from the New York Power Authority. The Western New York Workforce Training Center (WNYWTC) is the anchor program for the Northland Avenue Redevelopment Project. Watts is working with a consortium of agencies collaborating on the project, including the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA).
The Workforce Training Center partners with local manufacturers and energy providers, workforce development training organizations, educational institutions, government entities, and community and faith based organizations to deliver educational services and a comprehensive network of support for residents of Western New York. The Center is expected to train 300 to 400 students yearly. Wraparound services will include innovative recruiting and assessment, job placement and comprehensive support services. A comprehensive master plan for the neighborhood seeks to blend the activities of the Workforce Training Center with the life of the surrounding community.
Phase 1, completed in September of 2018, houses administrative space, classrooms, and industrial shops and labs—all designed to train and turn out highly skilled members of the local workforce to meet the requirements of the 21st century advanced manufacturing and electric utility industries by developing approximately 100,000 square feet of the 235,000 square foot building.
Phase 2, slated for completion in the fall of 2019, will provide approximately 135,000 square feet of industrial space for a combined total construction cost in the range of $80 million. Buffalo Manufacturing Works (BMW), a group that assists innovation-driven organizations to better compete by partnering with their internal manufacturing, engineering and research and development teams, will occupy approximately 50,000 square feet of space within the industrial space.