Groundbreaking on Two Big Projects in Buffalo

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) State and local officials broke ground on two major projects in the City of Buffalo.

The first took place at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where ground was broken on a new $40-million dollar Clinical Sciences Center.

The 11-story building is the first construction at Roswell since 2007, and the project will create 200 construction jobs and 340 permanent positions.

It will also allow Roswell Park to expand it treatment for cancer patients.

The Clinical Sciences Center will have a new breast cancer center, expanded chemo-therapy infusion center, dedicated space for adolescent and family services, and it will include more areas for researchers to perform studies and review data related to cancer cures.

Construction is expected to last two years with a completion date of 2015.

The other groundbreaking took place at Buffalo's Inner Harbor.

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was in town to join with local officials to break ground for a new $5-million dollar "East Canal" public space.

The new park area will be located next to the former Donovan State Office building and will include fountains, seating, and shade trees.

Construction is expected to be completed by December 2013.