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Investments and Plans Growing in Pembroke's Buffalo East Corridor

Thu, Aug 17th 2023 08:00 am

Like the western New York ski slopes and trails welcoming active lifestyles each winter, the view from our Buffalo East Tech Park to an active Interstate 90 interchange shows an expansive and accelerating path ahead.

Investment is growing all along the Buffalo East Corridor on New York State Route 77 in Pembroke.

Residents are moving into a completed mixed-use development, while a logistics company’s new headquarters is under construction, and a proposed development that will add 1.5 million square-feet of light industrial and logistics space.

NEXgistics and Buffalo East Industrial Center

Finding a location with proximity to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport brought third-party logistics leaders at NEXgistics to Pembroke. A 140,000 square-foot warehouse and headquarters on Route 77 is now under construction.

“We have been searching for a suitable location to really establish a permanent headquarters, and we’re extremely excited to have found a home here in Genesee County,” NEXgistics President Steve Northman told the GCEDC’s Board of Directors in August 2022.

Across Route 77, the Buffalo East Industrial Center is ready to take the next steps. Across six planned buildings and a flexible development plan, companies seeking 50,000 to 500,000 sq ft will find a Thruway-visible solution.

Projects Set to Meet Residential Demand from STAMP

Pembroke’s residential development is matching the energy generated by NEXgistics and the nearby Yancey’s Fancy artisan cheese producer. Brickhouse Commons quickly filled six market-rate units in an initial mixed-use development, and future projects will continue this growth.

Plans for a 96-unit market-rate apartment development were unveiled in summer 2023 just south of the commercial corridor that aim to capture the development in Pembroke and at the STAMP mega-site.

"Between the STAMP facility, what's been going on there, what's anticipated to be happening there, and the construction going on now at the interchange that will result in hundreds of new people working in that area,” engineer Michael Metzger told the Batavian in August 2023. “That's what Mr. (Mike) Schmidt (the apartment complex developer) is hoping for and planning for with (the apartment) project."