Central Terminal Adopt-A-Tile Program

The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) has come up with a unique way to raise money for replacing its worn out roof. As part of the largest adaptive reuse project in all of Upstate New York, the roof work needed to protect the terminal is a three phase project. The first phase will replace the areas of the roof that are in need of immediate repair. The second and third phases are not as urgent but are still of major concern in coming years. 
In order to come up with the money to replace the roof tiles, CTRC is promoting an Adopt-A-Tile program, where members of the community can purchase roof tiles as a gift for their favorite city or for friends and family. The roof has never been replaced since it was first built in 1929. The 13,000 concrete roof tiles, each measuring 2′ x 4′ and weighing 75 -80 pounds, have been exposed to harsh sun, rain, snow, ice and wind, and have held up remarkably well all things considered. But every 83 years or so it gets to be time to replace them… and that time is now. Replacing the roof today will go a long way toward preserving this architectural treasure for future generations to enjoy. 
The next time someone asks you, “So what have you ever done to help preserve Buffalo?” You can tell them that you helped to replace the roof of The Central Terminal. It’s the perfect gift for the holidays for all of those architectural fans in your life!
The total sum that needs to be raised is $769,000. To learn more about different cost levels involved and acknowledgment rewards, click here.
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22 comments
WNY_Nick
WNY_Nick

What companies employees will be doing the on site casting work? I know the CTRC... on site fabrication sounds like a fabrication in and of itself.

(mind you, this is coming from someone who wanted to do the light fixtures, canopies & buffalo statue projects AND already had a start on getting a full set of CT@B prints for free from Avery @ Columbia.)

Up and coming
Up and coming

Don't take this the wrong way, but you know nothing about railroads if you think that.

Gardner
Gardner

Good point. HOwevever, I would think that a public-private partnership could be reached. I believe something similar happened in Minneapolis where they have an extensive (and very impressive) system of recreations/commuter bike trails. It is a huge driver in terms of improving overall quality of life in the region.

While I admit I do not know the details of what has been done in other cities, I would think that the railroads could be enticed by a reduction in property taxes or other government taxes for forfeiting a portion of their underutilized land.

M-Rodgers
M-Rodgers

Actually, a number of the tiles are in decent shape, but many are worn through to the mesh. 83 years have a definite impact on concrete when faced with wind, heat, cold, etc.

Under the tiles we need to replace the roofing. All good tiles will be replaced after the surface is re-roofed and any tiles needing total replacement will be manufactured on-site via mold process from the originals left.

Water has entered the interior and the first phase will take care of those areas most endangered by the encroachment. The second phase will re-roof the vaulted areas and the third phase will re-roof the remaining track side flat roof areas.

Orders are coming in now - so get yours soon. And, don't forget we also have special rates to memorialize our Veterans.

buffaloroam
buffaloroam

They look like they are in good shape. Do they really all need to be replaced? Afterall, they are made of concrete and it seems that a thorough investigation would reveal that some or most are probably reusable. Seriously, there are concrete buildings from Roman times still standing in Europe, 83 years is not that long.

Up and coming
Up and coming

I just looked at your website and it's nothing but smoke and mirrors. No mention of funding, studies, or anything else for that matter. It's easy to dream, but it's hard to make those dreams a reality.

Up and coming
Up and coming

You'd have to buy the land from the railroad which would be super expensive.

Up and coming
Up and coming

"I think you're overstating your use of the word "flock"."

I was going to say the exact same thing! I think we just officially sealed our friendship :-)

LouisTully
LouisTully

Ok. There was nothing there but an image. It's a great concept, idea. But where's the quantifiable evidence? Where's the feasibility study? Where's the data showing it would work and is worth the investment?

LouisTully
LouisTully

I simply don't think the [MASSIVE] investment would be worth the risk. It wouldn't be organic expansion. It would be dump it in your lap growth. Mass transit in other cities doesn't get forced on people. It responds to a demand/necessity. It's like someone said on another post, traffic here is just not as bad as we think it is. Businesses don't locate somewhere simply based on the hope they'll have clientele. Density or a critical mass is also a factor that is lacking in this rail expansion equation.

PS. I think you're overstating your use of the word "flock". Gross overstatement.

Gardner
Gardner

Just adopted a tile!! Glad to help the cause. This building is one of my favorites!! I could see light rail expansion to the airport (with stops at Larkinville, CT and the Galleria). However, I doubt WNY leadership could come together to make it happen.

For all of the other abandoned/under utilized rail lines, a more common sense/first approach should be recreational trails..... This would enhance quality of life and benefit the entire WNY community at a relative low cost.

HutchTecher
HutchTecher

Some interesting ideas on this site, but most of the links on there are dead. Get transit to go to UB North and I'll be the first to trade my car in!

Matthew.Ricchiazzi
Matthew.Ricchiazzi

If we had a light rapid rail system where the individual can functionally travel around the region without a car, then people (particularly young people) will flock to the Eastside, First Ward, Westside, and Blackrock.

We have an enormous opportunity -- of course, over 10 years or so -- to repurpose defunct railroad rights of way into new light rapid rail transit lines.

changebuffalo.org/transit

LouisTully
LouisTully

Yo, I think it would be f-ing awesome to have a rail expansion. Unfortunately, it's a pipe dream. It simply won't happen. Too expensive and too uncertain as to its necessity, benefit, patronage, impact, et al. That goes for expansion to the Larkin or the Terminal. It's like putting a Jim's Steakout in a town called Veganville.

paulsobo
paulsobo

The light rail is key to downtown and east side renaissance. Chester, baavia, Darien lake, transit, airport, Galleria, airport, Broadway Fillmore, lark in district all fall along an eastward line.

Don't under estimate how many in Buffalo don't have a car

WNY_Nick
WNY_Nick

The CTRC owns the baggage building (4 story along Curtis) the city owns the REA building (tall single story along Curtis)

RestoreBuffaloNow
RestoreBuffaloNow

I think the mail and baggage buildings may have different ownership. As for city funding, Franczyk and crew I would imagine will be called upon. Light Rail....That only makes sense....don't count on it.

paulsobo
paulsobo

I hope they are including the mail and baggage buildings roof repairs as well.

What about Franczyk and the commn council can't they help with the new roof.

And somehow we need to get the light rail extended there and the Lark in District.

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