Trying to save Buffalo's only hostel

Posted at 6:43 PM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 18:43:25-04

It's served as a place for international travelers to rest their bags and their feet for more than 20 years, but supporters are now working to save Hostel Buffalo Niagara.

The hostel, located in the heart of the city's theater district in downtown Buffalo, opened their doors in 1996 and has since hosted more than 60,000 travelers. 

Hostels are typically cheaper than hotels and motels. At the hostel on Main Street, travelers pay $30 and get a bunk bed, storage and the opportunity to interact with travelers from around the world.

"In all major cities there are hostels so it's important that Buffalo have a hostel," Cliff Madell, President of Hostel Buffalo Niagara tells 7 Eyewitness News.

But after years of hosting visitors the future of the hostel is unknown, that's because the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Buffalo is currently accepting proposals to buy and redevelop the building that houses the hostel.

"At this point we couldn't but another building downtown because the prices have just sky rocketed."

Madell says his team has drafted a proposal of their own. The proposal would keep the hostel as is, but expand the back to accommodate several extended stay units.

The proposal written by the supporters of the hostel was hand delivered to city hall, where the mayor will review the document and make a decision by the end of April.