Uniland investing big money into Airborne Business Park

Rendering of proposed development on Holtz Road. (Uniland Development)
Rendering of proposed development on Holtz Road. (Uniland Development)

CHEEKTOWAGA – The Uniland Development Corporation has submitted a proposal to the Town of Cheektowaga to redevelop approximately four acres of vacant land along Holtz Road.

Plans call for the development company to erect a two-story, 51,400-square-foot office building with 243 parking spaces.

“We’ve had discussions with companies who are looking for large floor plates, about 25,000 square feet each, and we have not had the inventory to accommodate those requests,” says Jill Pawlik, Senior Marketing Manager with Uniland Development.

She tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that the time was right to build that sort of commercial space because they have the room at their Airborne Business Park and businesses love the location.

“We don’t have any tenants lined up yet, but we feel that the risk is minimal at this point because we’ve seen a demand,” added Ms. Pawlik.  “We would prefer to have one company that wants the whole building, and then they can have naming rights to the building, but we’re also willing to divide the building into two – one company per floor.”

This development project comes on the heels of an announced deal with the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York to consolidate most of their operations to the Airborne Business Park.

Ms. Pawlik says Uniland is erecting a 45,000 square foot building which will bring around 600 employees to the business park next year.

Demolition crews take down an old office building near the entrance of the Airborne Business Park. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Demolition crews take down an old office building near the entrance of the Airborne Business Park. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

The development company is also looking to attract new business to a parcel at the Genesee Street entrance to the park.  The company purchased an old office building and demolished it in June.

“We think that a mixed-use building would do great there whether its retail on the bottom and office on top or maybe a boutique hotel.  We’re just looking to get some more interest in those properties, and of course, we’ll choose whatever would be the best fit,” she said.

Throughout the park this year, Uniland has invested in new lighting, landscaping, and erected a new monument sign on Genesee Street.

The Holtz Road development is estimated to be completed in early 2020.

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