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Western New York, June 2016


 New This Month

 The Westin Buffalo Hotel will open on September 15th in the Delaware North’s company headquarters in downtown Buffalo. The Buffalo-based hospitality company had previously expected to be opening of the 119-room high-end hotel sometime this month. The complex includes the four-story hotel, 200,000 square-feet of office space, a five-story parking ramp, four boutique retail shops and two first floor restaurants.

 Lawmakers in Buffalo voted to allow the construction of Queen City Landing, a 23-story signature apartment tower on prime waterfront land. The glass and metal tower complex, which will cost $60 million, will include: • 197 one- and two-bedroom apartments in the tower complex facing Lake Erie. • Two restaurants. • A fitness and wellness facility. • A three-story parking ramp. • Recreational features including tennis courts, walking paths and docks. The new complex will replace the six-story Freezer Queen cold-storage building, which has sat vacant for years and will now be demolished. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. 


New This Month

Buffalo’s tallest building, One Seneca Tower, is back on the market. The $27 million purchase contract has fallen through in less than two weeks. Kaylie, the potential buyer, had planned to spend $100 million to convert the building into a multi-use facility with 100 apartments, 15 floors of offices, a ground-level shopping mall, and a top-floor restaurant and observation deck. A boutique hotel was also being considered. The building has been vacant for more than two years. 

 The Holiday Inn on Delaware Avenue in Downtown Buffalo, which has operated for 50 years, is set to close in early September. The hotel, which is managed by Hart Hotels, will not renew its lease with the building’s owner, Benderson Development. Hart Hotels will try and find jobs at other locations for its 82 workers, but most are likely to lose their jobs. Benderson said it plans to renovate the property and reopen it as a hotel under a different name.

 Antique auto parts store MAC’s in Lockport will close its doors on September 1st. Eckler’s Industries, which owns the retailer cited economic hardship as the reason for the closing. 52 people will lose their jobs when the store closes. 

 East Aurora toy-maker Fisher-Price will lose about 75 workers, or about 11 percent of its local workforce, when the positions in the company’s finance department are outsourced overseas to Asia. The jobs will be phased out over the next several months and should be completely eliminated by early 2017. The employees will receive severance pay and benefits.

60 workers will be laid off at Dresser Rand in Wellsville (Allegany County). The company, which makes compressors and turbines for the oil and gas industry was bought by German-based Siemens Government Technologies in 2014. The layoffs, which will take effect between now and September 30th, are necessary due to current business volume and projections for the Wellsville location. Currently, about 500 employees work at the plant and are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1580. The jobs cuts, which will affect both production and office workers will be made aware of positions at the company’s two other plants located in Olean and Painted Post.


New This Month

A deal has been reached between Kaleida Health and its union partners. The health system announced it had reached a tentative three-year agreement with the Communications Workers of America/AFL-CIO (CWA1168), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE 17) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. Each union is expected to hold individual ratification votes in the coming weeks with their members. Nearly 7,500 union workers are affected by the new deal.


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