Trico Building Gets Support

May 2, 2013 Updated May 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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May 2, 2013 Updated May 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

(WKBW)
Buffalo, NY

Terry Fisher drives past the old Trico Building every day on his way to work.

"The building has been damaged there's no question about that," said Fisher.

While Fisher admits the once booming birthplace of the windshield wiper is now an eyesore he's hoping it can be saved.

"Too many buildings in Buffalo have been knocked down for bad reasons and some of them are historic and some of them were certainly interesting architecturally, now they're parking lots," said Fisher.

The Trico building sits in Buffalo Common Councilmember Darius Pridgen's Ellicott district. Pridgen has now proposed a resolution protecting the building from demolition until December 31st.

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Center is the designated developer of the site until November when that status expires.

Preservationists are fighting to have a say in the building's future even though they've lost the battle to make Trico a local historic landmark twice.

The latest attempt was voted down by the council Tuesday.

Local landmark status would ensure preservationists a seat at the table during the development process and qualify developers for historic tax credits from the state, which those who want to save Trico say is a money saver for any developer.

"According to the medical campus's 2010 master plan they're going to need five million square feet of space over the next 20 years. Trico is a little over 600,000 square feet and it can perfectly accommodate any and all of their needs," said Jason Wilson, Director of Operations for Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

The medical center tells Eyewitness News it is preparing to release information on its plans in the next couple of weeks.

Councilmember Pridgen's resolution will go before the council for a vote at its next meeting.