Former N. Tonawanda Brownfield Site Gets Grant

News and analysis by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post's environmental reporter

A redevelopment grant from National Grid will bring more life to the former contaminated brownfield site that’s now the Buffalo Bolt Business Park on Oliver Street in North Tonawanda, the company announced Monday.

The site is the former home of Buffalo Bolt Corporation and Roblin Steel. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has certified the 23-acre light-industrial and manufacturing business park as clean and shovel ready for new development after the state and city spent about $3.4 million on clean-up efforts.

Lumber City Development Corporation, which helps the city with redevelopment efforts, applied for the funding.

“This grant of $190,000 from National Grid is helping to bring jobs and new investment to North Tonawanda as part of the new Buffalo Bolt Business Park,” stated North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt in a prepared statement. “Two North Tonawanda businesses are expanding and have already closed on five of the eight lots.”

Here is an article about past development at the business park.

Below is the entire press release form National Grid:

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NATIONAL GRID AWARDS BROWNFIELD GRANT TO LUMBER CITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Grant to continue rehab and reuse of Buffalo Bolt Business Park in North Tonawanda
 

North Tonawanda, NY – The ongoing effort to improve and market the former industrial brownfield site along Oliver Street received a boost today as National Grid provided a redevelopment grant to Lumber City Development Corporation. The grant will be used to support work at the Buffalo Bolt Business Park, a 23-acre business park that was the former home of Buffalo Bolt Corporation and Robin Steel. With the assistance of this grant and other major funding sources, Buffalo Bolt Business Park is no longer a 40-year industrial blemish in the middle of a commercial district of North Tonawanda and will soon be home to light industrial and manufacturing businesses.

“National Grid is committed to the growth and vitality of the communities we serve and this is a prime example of working with a municipality to enhance economic development opportunities through the remediation and redevelopment of a former industrial site,” said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid in Western New York. “There are many exciting developments taking place in North Tonawanda today, and today’s grant is one way we can help sustain that momentum.”

“This grant of $190,000 from National Grid is helping to bring jobs and new investment to North Tonawanda as part of the new Buffalo Bolt Business Park,” stated North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt. “Two North Tonawanda businesses are expanding and have already closed on five of the eight lots. National Grid has been a solid partner with the city in returning these lands to productive use.”

“The creation and expansion of businesses in North Tonawanda has grown exponentially throughout the past couple years,” said New York State Senator George D. Maziarz. “By awarding this grant, National Grid is helping the City continue this momentum by assisting in the creation of the Buffalo Bolt Business Park. The old Buffalo Bolt and Robin Steel locations have long sat empty, and I am extremely pleased that soon they will sit idle no more. I give my heartfelt thanks to National Grid for once again stepping up to support the community and its development.”

“This grant is certainly great news for North Tonawanda, and I want to thank National Grid for supporting the redevelopment of this former industrial brownfield,” said Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who represents most of North Tonawanda. “I was pleased to be able to direct $1.2 million in Assembly capital funding via the 2008-09 state budget so the city could construct the new roadway at Buffalo Bolt Business Park. This kind of public-private sector cooperation is essential as we continue to work to grow our economy and create good jobs.”

Lumber City Development Corporation develops and implements programs, projects, and activities designed to create or stimulate economic and community development in the City of North Tonawanda. The Corporation is committed to providing opportunities for new development in the city of North Tonawanda as well as assisting large and small businesses in finding shovel-ready sites for new construction, vacant and rehabilitated buildings, and space for business expansion.

National Grid’s Brownfield Redevelopment program provides grants to fund utility related infrastructure improvements and other costs that are necessary to progress the redevelopment of a brownfield site or vacant building. It is just one of many incentive programs the company makes available to qualifying businesses, developers and municipalities. Additional information about National Grid’s economic development programs is available at www.shovelready.com .