NORTH TONAWANDA - The Lumber City Development Corp. has accepted a $190,000 redevelopment grant from National Grid to support work on the 23-acre Buffalo Bolt Business Park that is intended to turn a former industrial brownfield into a home for light industrial and manufacturing businesses.
The site, off Oliver Street between Ninth and 11th avenues, has been an eyesore for more than 40 years, according to National Grid. It is the former site of Buffalo Bolt Corp. and the old Roblin steel plant.
North Tonawanda officials have been trying for years to improve the site in the city's former commercial hub for reuse.
National Grid's Brownfield Redevelopment Program provides grants to improve utility-related infrastructure and for other costs to redevelop brownfields or vacant buildings.
Mayor Robert G. Ortt said the grant would help to bring jobs and new investment to North Tonawanda.
"Two North Tonawanda businesses are expanding, and we have already closed on five of eight lots" in the new business park, Ortt said.
"I'm very confident the remaining three lots will not be long," he added.