Trico Plant Considered for Medical Corridor Expansion

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -A new effort is underway to transform the Trico manufacturing plant into part of the city's emerging medical corridor. The Innovation Center in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Corridor is on the verge of reaching 100% capacity. The 128,000 square foot building on Ellicott Street is filled with small medical technology companies. In just 15 months, the current site filled up to capacity with more than 30 new biotech companies. Leaders and lawmakers are now looking at the old Trico Factory to help expand the center and double it's potential. The Trico site is currently empty and located next door to the Innovation Center.

"What's going to happen at Trico, we hope is a metaphor for the future," said Senator Charles Schumer. "We're not just lamenting the fact that Trico is no longer here, but saying we can build something here that is as good for the 21st century as Trico was for the 20th century."

To date, the companies inside the Innovation Center employ close to a hundred workers. Schumer believes doubling the site will only create hundreds more. Once a concrete plan is submitted, Schumer says he'll work closely with the Economic Development Administration to make the expansion possible