Will the Trico Plant Become a Buffalo Landmark?

March 22, 2012 Updated Mar 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

March 22, 2012 Updated Mar 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -A public hearing was held inside Buffalo City Hall Thursday evening to discuss if residents want the old Trico Plant to become a city landmark. Advocates say the status could help save it from the wrecking ball. The Trico site is already on the National Register of Historic Places, but advocates say it's slated for demolition to make way for the booming Buffalo Medical Campus. The local landmark status would allow residents to review any changes made to the building and preservationists believe the building could be reused for other projects.

"It's a building that's reusable. It's in the nexus of development in the City of Buffalo," said Paul McDonnell of the Buffalo Preservation Board.

The application to consider the Trico Plant #1 for designation as a Buffalo Local Landmark will be submitted to the Buffalo Common Council, where members are expected to vote on the item in the next few weeks.

"Downtown land especially in the Buffalo Medical Corridor is gold, so of course developers want to see something new," said Ellicott District Common Council Member Darius Pridgen. "Those very passionate advocates want to see it remain and it will depend on what's best for Buffalo and it's future."