Hello, Buffalo: As Office Work Goes Hybrid, Businesses Are Asking How Much Space They Really Need |






After two years of working remotely, Clevermethod is ditching its unique offices along the Buffalo River with rolling doors and even a kayak launch out back. Now the marketing agency is trying to find someone to sublet the space it once coveted for a workforce that stays away.


Robert Kirkham



As office work goes hybrid, businesses wonder how much space they really need

Businesses large and small are taking a closer look at how much office space they need. After two years of pandemic-related remote work, many employees prefer working from home and are doing so productively. This can leave employers paying for a lot of empty rented space.

Matt Glynn and Jon Harris of The News report that companies are responding to this phenomenon in all sorts of ways. Some are delaying making long-term rental decisions or signing short-term renewals. Others reduce the amount of space they use. Still others, like Clevermethod in Buffalo, are leaving their offices, at least for now.

“You have to adapt,” said Clevermethod President Doug Kasperek. “That’s the bottom line here. I think a lot of old school companies were so resilient that they just expected everyone to come back, well, that was another story.

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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

The new president of Saint-Bonaventure has Mennonite roots, a “Franciscan heart”: Jeff Gingerich will become the first non-Catholic to lead the nation’s oldest Franciscan college, St. Bonaventure University, but growing up a Mennonite on a farm in Iowa — living simply and serving the marginalized — set the stage for his career in education and his role as Olean’s 22nd school president. Read more

The state will fund $743,000 to improve the Freedom Wall: Improvements to the mural that honors revolutionary black leaders will include reconstructing the area between the wall and the curb, improving sidewalk accessibility, and adding LED lights that accentuate the portraits. Read more

Anti-abortion group, its allies slam the lack of updates in the Amherst arson investigation: Operators of a clinic targeted by a suspected firebombing and those supporting the center’s anti-abortion mission say investigating the incident is not a priority for state and federal agencies. Law enforcement declined to comment or did not respond to inquiries requesting an update on their investigation into the June 7 apparent arson at the CompassCare Crisis Pregnancy Center. Critics have blasted the lack of public updates because law enforcement isn’t focusing enough on vandalism. Read more

Governor Kathy Hochul signs the Voting Rights Act: On the anniversary of the day slavery officially ended in the United States, in a building named after a man who lost his life in his fight for civil rights, a project A bill to protect everyone’s right to vote that bears the name of a hero of the civil rights movement has become law in New York. Read more

Man who admitted killing his mother and girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea: Charles L. Jones pleaded guilty June 30, 2021 in Erie County Court to two counts of second degree murder, but is now seeking to withdraw his pleas. Read more

Owners win dispute with city over whether Amherst mansion is a ‘historical landmark’

The owners of a century-old mansion in Eggertsville have won a months-long fight with the town of Amherst over their plan to tear down a dilapidated garage on the property and build a replacement as part of an addition.

Scott and Lisa Friedman can now replace a detached four-car garage that they say no longer meets their needs with an attached structure that they insisted complements the design of their stately LeBrun Road home.

In April, the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission denied the Friedmans’ application for a demolition permit and, in turn, prepared to name the “architecturally significant” home a local landmark.

But after receiving additional information from the Friedmans, the commission members reversed course.

WEATHER REPORT

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FOOD DRINK







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BUFFALO SPREAD

WKBW hires meteorologist Mary Beth Wrobel to complement meteorological staff: WKBW-TV (Channel 7) has hired a familiar face to fill its weatherman opening, naming Wrobel its noon and 5 p.m. weather anchor on weekdays starting July 1. Read more

INVOICES

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SABERS

Isak Rosen is preparing for a ‘great opportunity’ with the Sabers after a difficult year in Sweden: On May 31, Isak Rosen signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Sabers, who selected him in the first round, 14th overall, in last July’s draft. Read more

WITH YOUR MORNING COFFEE

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Many of us consider Letchworth State Park one of our favorite outdoor playgrounds. WGRZ’s Terry Belke shares a video that examines Letchworth’s “massive waterfalls and abundant wildlife”.

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