Construction project helps local workers find jobs and advance Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Another major project, rebuilding Buffalo is underway at the former F.N. Burt Paper Manufacturing building on Seneca. Savarino construction is partnering up with PUSH Buffalo and The Outsource Center to help people who are out of work, have steady jobs in construction.

“They’ve taken on a task of identifying people who are jobless and who are trainable and linking them up with construction jobs,” says Sam Savarino, the developer for 500 Seneca. “They have been model employees and a good resource.”

Savarino says since the construction began on the building, they’ve helped around 30 people find work. The organizations provide benefits, competitive wages and teach lifelong skills to the people affiliated with them.

“We often hear ‘These project are happening in neighborhoods and people living there don’t have a link to it; people just come into the area, do a project and leave,'” says Savarino who has also worked to develop other major parts downtown including in the Cobblestone District. “It’s nice that we are hiring or being able to put up people who live in these neighborhoods too.”

Savarino says when people start working on sites, like 500 Seneca, they come in with varied skills such as basic construction knowledge or even being trained in a specific trade; when they leave, he hopes they have bettered themselves all while bettering Buffalo.

“They’re an important component of this,” says Savarino. “They’re making the choice that they want to be a part of the working community and they’re serious about doing this. I think their jobs and positions have been rewarding for them.”

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