Buffalo to examine future uses for Central Terminal

Posted at 2:05 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 08:51:33-04

It might not be the site for a new Amtrak station, but Buffalo city leaders are still looking for potential uses for the Central Terminal.

Mayor Byron Brown announced Tuesday that Urban Land Institute will conduct a week-long analysis of potential reuses for the Central Terminal. That analysis will begin June 26th.

Twelve ULI panel members will conduct a detailed tour, as well as consult with leaders. Their recommendations with be presented to the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.

According to a press release, the scope of the study will include the following:

  1. From a market and neighborhood revitalization perspectives, what would be the most appropriate and/or desirable mix of uses at the complex and estimated square footages/acreages?
  2. Given the scale and complexity of the complex, what is a logical sequence of next steps for Central Terminal?
  3. What would be the menu of options for financing?
  4. Given that transportation has played a critical role in the history of the complex, can future bus/rail public transit or passenger/freight rail programming serve as a useful tool in a redevelopment scheme?
  5. What would be the best means and methods of ensuring historic integrity is preserved in perpetuity?
  6. What types of residential uses might be a reasonable component of an adaptive reuse strategy? 

“By bringing in the renowned Urban Land Institute to study the Central Terminal, it will give us the information and analysis necessary to ensure the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood is well-positioned for future economic development,” Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky said.

“Having ULI in town will help us tremendously to understand how best to adapt and reuse this one-of-a-kind property to build off the city’s existing momentum," Mayor Brown said.