Central Terminal Renovation

March 28, 2013 Updated Mar 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT

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March 28, 2013 Updated Mar 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) A construction project like the Buffalo Central Terminal is quite the large one. For that reason, crews have drawn the line between the restoration inside and the Dyngus Day celebration outside.

"We just want to make sure that the work that's being done is also preserved and respected," Marilyn Rodgers of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation said.

With thousands of people expected the day after Easter, crews working on the restoration of the Central Terminal have moved the party outside to four giant tents, to make room for the work being done.

Crews are first tackling the terminal roof, fixing the holes and sealing the leaks. There is also work being done on the brickwork and the building's marquees.

"We hope that the general public understands that to be able to save this building, we have to start working on it. To be able to do that, we have to have the events outdoors. But without the terminal getting this repair, it'll never go anywhere," Rodgers added.

But after sitting idle for decades, those who live nearby are getting anxious to see progress.

"That's a beautiful building. But it's a waste. A waste," Richard Wysocki said.

Wysocki lives in the neighborhood right next to the building.

"Hopefully they're going to do something. I'm hoping. I've been hoping for 40 years," he added.

The current renovation plan is expected to take 2-3 years, giving the building a new use to be announced this summer. The goal is to spark a lively area with more jobs and an overall benefit to the surrounding community. Residents say "we'll see."