Restoration News: Central Terminal

The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) has announced that it has secured enough money to restore two of its four historic marquees, thanks to a generous $306,000 grant from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The restoration project is slated to begin this spring and goes hand-in-hand with other Central Terminal restoration developments.
Along with the two marquees, BRO recently reported on the CTRC’s Adopt-A-Tile program (see here). In addition to the 198 tiles sold through the initiative so far, the contractor working on installing the tiles, Zee’s Property Services, has donated an additional $10,000 in-kind services to the project. 
Once the roof tiling is complete, Solar Liberty will be donating and installing a 50,000 watt Solar PV system – a system that will allow the terminal to recoup approximately $36,000 in energy savings over the following 15 years. Plus the terminal will have access to additional power that it needs in order to operate at a higher capacity. 
 
Top Photo: One of the four existing concrete and cast iron illuminated entrance canopies illustrating badly deteriorated current conditions of coffered concrete with a decorative cast iron fascia. Note the New York Central Railroad logo of “winged wheels” near the corners of the canopy. Photo courtesy HHL Architects

Bottom Photo: Same canopy at original completion in 1928. The restoration work began in 2012 and a Spring 2013 completion, matching the original in all respects is planned. Photo courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum Restoration Consultants: HHL Architects Siracuse Engineers, Structural Consultants Stohl Environmental Consultants Nussbaumer & Clarke, Electrical & Plumbing Engineers Baer & Associates, Cost Consulting

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29 comments
M-Rodgers
M-Rodgers

Just finalized them last month

Buffalo All Star
Buffalo All Star

Anything on indoor bathrooms? I haven't been to the terminal in a while but I do remember a sign stating "these b-room brought to you by WNY harkness carpentry program?" 5-6 years later that sign was still up.

Today..still no indoor bathrooms

M-Rodgers
M-Rodgers

Be more than glad to answer some of your questions. Currently, the RFPs are being developed for the various stages of the work. Wendell was selected after competitive bidding via RFP as the grant administrator. Since this is a preservation project NYS OPRHP has oversight. The marquees are (were) lighted under the border (see pic above that shows light panels along each edge)and at the junctures of the molded ceiling noted by the squared off sections (the originals were cast metal). They are suspended by a turnbuckle system. Stohl has completed Lead and Asbestos inspections. Press releases will be submitted at various points throughout the project.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

Could we get some pictures posted here of the both marquees that are being restored. How about some of the details of the marquees such as the undersides, top, and sides. Are they lighted? What is inside them? What company is doing the restoration? How about a press release from the company describing the restoration. Are the marquees being removed and restored or will the work be completed on site. What experience does this company have in restoration work? Is the work being bid out?

grad94
grad94

i made no better/worse comparisons, you did.

paulsobo
paulsobo

they can make the tower into apartments. That doesnt detract from my idea at all.

There are plenty of mixed use, live-work, combination style complexes. They tend to be much more successful than single use facilties.

I say pursue the apartments and pursue a Center for Excellence Campus / World Trade Center.

Michal
Michal

Good money after a bad site.The place is a dump and a big waste of time.Tear it down and use the parts to make Larkinville type site.

300miles
300miles

how many floors have been completed so far at the Statler?

informedone
informedone

Nice progress to see. There are a monkey load of precious metals in those solar panels ($$$), hopefully they are out of the reach of your typical street punk thief.

Matthew.Ricchiazzi
Matthew.Ricchiazzi

You're suggesting that Croce's model is better than the Zemsky/Larkinville model?

SARAT
SARAT

Having the pleasure of working with this group on education program with UB. They have done more in 6 mo. than many have and enjoy working with their leader. Capitalism is one thing while making good for every body is what I see them doing. Thank you for this article. It shows a good pride in this building and comunity.

M-Rodgers
M-Rodgers

If you are referring to the Master Plan - that was the Executive Summary. As I mentioned before, we are in the due diligence process and will hopefully have an announcement in the coming months.

M-Rodgers
M-Rodgers

At this point, we hope to make an announcement within the next few months as we are performing due diligence. I think you'll all be very pleased with the outcome.

Matthew.Ricchiazzi
Matthew.Ricchiazzi

I've had similar concerns, but she's not particularly receptive to feedback if it's the slightest bit critical of an inclination, sensiblity, or discussion that she has had at anytime previously. It's almost like she resents capitalism and wants no part of it.

grad94
grad94

i know the board released a master plan a year or two ago. i can't help but think that croce's model at the statler is a good one. do a floor at a time and start with residential. i bet if you did a floor of cheap artist work/live studios, you'd fill them right up.

No_Illusions
No_Illusions

Their plans is to use those unused buildings as apartments to fund the renovation of the building if you have not heard.

paulsobo
paulsobo

Marilyn Rogers,

Take my suggestion to heart for the central terminal. Learn from the Center for Excellence in Life Sciences and the growth it can produce by colocating like businesses and like degree programs.

Send a mailer out to:

-transportation companies and distribution companies

-warehouse and inventory companies

-logistics companies and supply chain management

-import and export and customs brokerage companies

-International trade companies

UB and Buffalo State and other local colleges have degree programs and partnerships with businesses. Invite tem. Use the Center for Excellence as a model and make the Central Terminal our World Trade Center.

The only other place that can act as such a center is the Gateway Metro Port and their inter modal center but they have nothing to build around. The Central Terminal has a functioning rail yard multiple large unused buildings like the mail and baggage and an office Tower plus plenty of newly paved parking. The Central Terminal is ready made with everything they could need.

Add in a relocated bus station and a light rail extension...and what you really have is a 2nd Larkin District in the making. That's huge as far as potential.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Can I pay you 275k to move to Austin? And never come back? And sever all ties with Buffalo?

M-Rodgers
M-Rodgers

Already in the works since Phase I of the roof replacement includes the area over the Waiting Room and we are in the planning stages for the 5-story. Thanks for mentioning!

paulsobo
paulsobo

The roof, power, the restoration of the light fixtures, interior Gustavino Tiles were great concerns. Its fantastic news.

I guess next would have to be the restoration of the waiting area which has lost all of its plaster, the windows, the remaining 2 marguies and then a discussion of the stabilization for the mail/baggage buildings

dave majewski
dave majewski

This is such encouraging news. Tangible!

Everyone involved deserves a huge Congratulations for a job well done. It is exciting and I - as well as many others - look forward to continued good news like this. Perhaps this can result in further $ interest from local sources?

Great job! On the right track!

You go!

Quixote
Quixote

Wow. How did Rocco Termini miss this opportunity?

EAHS 1972
EAHS 1972

We read on a previous thread that the CTRC would have a major announcement in the near future, so this must be it. Great news.

Mark_P
Mark_P

This will be a great way to greet the ever growing visitors the Terminal. I'm excited to see them in their proper state for the first time in my life.

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