BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Time Warner Cable has chosen the Queen City as the location for its new call center on the East Coast.
The location chosen by Time Warner is the old Sheehan Hospital, which has been vacant since the facility went bankrupt last year. Time Warner will become the main tenant in the building, now known as Compass East, when it moves its East Coast hub for its Business Class call center to Buffalo's East Side.
The move creates 152 new jobs, and more than 150 current Time Warner employees will also work out of the old hospital.
Time Warner has signed a ten year lease and will take up more than half of the building.
Monday, the Lieutenant Governor announced Time Warner is getting $3.1 million in tax credits for job creation.
State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes is hopeful the jobs will pay about $15 an hour, what she calls a living wage, and will offer employment to people who live on the East Side.
"A lot of people I represent are looking for work and are unemployed and are under-employed working two parttime jobs just to make up to a full time job, so they will be opportunities for people to make lateral moves as well," she says.
"We could've put it anywhere. We chose Buffalo because we've had such wonderful experiences in this wonderful city. What we'll wind up doing is adding to that one-thousand. Over the next five years, we'll be adding 152, hopefully more than that, jobs as Business Class flourishes," says Time Warner's Regional VP Terence Rafferty.
Time Warner says it expects a quick build-out and thinks the grand re-opening of the call center could happen within the next few months. Time Warner has also recently extended its lease for five years on the building it currently operates out of in Buffalo.
McGuire Development Company, which is in charge of the Compass East project, is moving some of its staff and departments to the building.