Central Terminal in Spotlight Ahead of Dyngus Day

Developers needed to restore East Side landmark

Mike Baggerman
March 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The annual Dyngus Day parade is two weeks away, shifting eyes once again to Buffalo's Central Terminal.

The East Side landmark was a hot topic of debate this time last year when Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the region to create a train station. Central Terminal and Larkinville were among the sites that were options for the newest train station. However, the site selection committee last year selected a downtown Amtrak station to be built on Exchange Street, disappointing a public that largely supported revitalizing the Central Terminal.

Since then, the Urban Land Institute conducted a study which found that the site can be best used as a mixed-use site. Officials recommended restoring the landmark by adding a restaurant, banquet facilities, outdoor markets, and possible a skating rink plus splash park. 

"(The ULI) also tried to shepherd developers to that project," Fillmore District Councilman David Franczyk told WBEN. "A Canadian developer looked at it. That didn't work out. The (Central Terminal Restoration Corporation) board of directors is determined to keep the ongoing maintenance of the building going. They continue to have events on the concourse and look forward to a potential end-use that will cost well over $100 million."

Events at the Central Terminal include train shows, wine shows, polka shows, concerts. However, no events have been held there since October. Other than the Dyngus Day Parade on April 2, the next event is the annual spring cleanup on April 28. 

"That is just bringing money in but it's not renovating the (whole) tower," Franczyk said. "You've got half-a-million square feet in the concourse. You've got 17 stories. At this point, they are still soliciting (RFP's from developers)."

Franczyk said he gets frustrated at its current predicament but he realizes that money needs to be given to the project and he wants state funds and private investment to help with the Central Terminal's restoration. 

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