Delaware North Looks for New Home

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - One of Buffalo's largest private companies could be on the move. A report in today's Business First shows how Delaware North Companies has started a real estate search for new corporate offices. But Delaware North is not leaving Buffalo.

The report says the search is confined to downtown. Right now, 350 employees work at Key Center at Fountain Plaza. The lease expires in mid-2015. Delaware North could choose to stay or move to a new downtown site. A decision is expected by the end of the year.

The report says all eyes from the commercial real estate sector are watching. The search comes as multiple businesses are shuffling offices downtown.

Meanwhile, Explore and More Children's Museum is working on a master plan to move downtown to Canalside from East Aurora. A report in today's Business First looks at the challenges of taking a small, suburban children's museum and adapting it to a highly visible site anchoring Canalside.

For Explore & More to handle a larger venue in a high-profile destination, it will take money. The museum will need to raise about $6 million to make it a reality. The John R. Oishei Foundation already put $200,000 forward in a grant.

You can read more about these stories in today's Business First.

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