Behind the Scenes Look at Statler City

July 25, 2011 Updated Jul 25, 2011 at 11:46 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 25, 2011 Updated Jul 25, 2011 at 11:46 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The historic Statler Towers will soon be reborn as a city within a city when the remodeled Statler City opens next month.

The lobby, basement nightclub and banquet rooms will be fully operational by year's end, according to Mark Croce.

Croce, a developer and restaurateur, saved the building from an uncertain future earlier this year.

"Our first actual wedding is scheduled for this Oct. 8 so we're moving at warp speed," he said.

Croce is planning to bring the Ice Ball New Year's Eve celebration back to the 107-year-old building.

"We're talking about planning something to be upwards of four or five thousand people -- we're going to do a giant package -- it'll be announced shortly, there'll be presale tickets -- it's going to be a big gala affair," he said.