Brown, Collins Urge ECIDA to Help Delaware North Keep HQ in Buffalo

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Chris Collins are urging the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to keep Delaware North's headquarters right here in Buffalo.

Last week, Uniland and Delaware North requested tax breaks and other incentives for the new office space and hotel complex at 250 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan did not like the idea of taxpayers subsidizing a project of this proportion for the city, but Uniland claims the brand new, 12-story building cannot move forward without financial assistance.

The original proposal of a hotel and office space, coupled with a parking ramp would cost an estimated $80-million.

The ECIDA Policy Committee will review a project incentive request from API Heat Transfer Inc.

In a letter co-signed by Brown and Collins, they stress the importance of maintaining both a significant employer and a world-headquartered corporation in downtown Buffalo.

"Delaware North currently employs over 350 people at its HQ in downtown Buffalo and their plan to hire an additional 65 employees over the next several years will continue the tremendous growth and progress taking place in the City of Buffalo,” said Brown

“Delaware North is a global corporation that could be headquartered anywhere,” said Congressman Collins. “Local leaders and the ECIDA must work together to support companies like Delaware North stay and grow in Western New York for the betterment of our entire community.”

Below is an excerpt from their letter:

"While there is a tradition of Delaware North maintaining its headquarters in downtown Buffalo, the economic development community cannot rely upon tradition alone – the decision must make business sense for Delaware North. Tax incentives offered by the ECIDA speak to the business case for maintaining a headquarters in our region. The tax incentives make Buffalo and Erie County more competitive against the thousands of municipalities across the country that offer similar business opportunities for Delaware North."