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Canal area building sites: busy and not busy

Busy. Busy. Not so busy.

That’s what a look at three major construction sites downtown shows.

At the construction site for One Canalside, the former Donovan State Office Building that is being redeveloped by Benderson Development Co. into a Courtyard by Marriott hotel and the headquarters for law firm Phillips Lytle LLP, as many as 150 people are working on any given day, both on the inside of the building and the outside.

On the next block, to the south, the Buffalo Sabres and the Pegula family have another 100 workers driving piles, pouring concrete, manning the tower crane and performing other jobs.

Then there’s the canals on the former Memorial Auditorium site, where the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is behind schedule on its project to symbolically recreate canals and parkland as part of Canalside. About 25 workers are on site daily at the main “historically aligned canals” phase, while an average of 13 are on site for the East Canals on the nearby Donovan site.

-- Jonathan D. Epstein

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