Preservation Buffalo Niagara Supports Central Terminal Site for New Train Station
April 7, 2017
Historic preservation is about more than old buildings and architecture - it is about economic revitalization and urban regeneration. Historic preservation can and should serve as a foundation for local sustainability, smart growth, equity, inclusivity, and community resilience planning.
For these reasons, PBN believes that the Central Terminal should be reinvigorated as Buffalo's train station, serving both East and West bound passengers at one centralized facility, and linked to downtown and other parts of our community through smart transit planning. With the offer by Governor Cuomo of significant funding towards this endeavor, this opportunity allows us not only to invest in a beautiful building, but to invest in a neighborhood which has been neglected for several decades. This decision will be a catalyst for private investment on the East Side, which continues to struggle to revive its economic and cultural assets. The residents of this section of the city will benefit, and visitors to the Terminal will be awed by the building's beauty. This project will inject much-needed vitality into this long-disinvested section of Buffalo. In addition, unlike the downtown sites under consideration, the Terminal has ample land available to create a multi-modal transportation hub that ties together train, bus and, hopefully at some point, an expanded metro line. Finally, a revitalized Central Terminal will be a key asset in Buffalo’s architectural canon: it will sit alongside the Guaranty Building, the Darwin Martin House, the Richardson-Olmsted Complex, City Hall, and the grain elevators as a must-see site on Buffalo's cultural tourism map, and this investment will shift that map Eastward - a crucial shift if we are to reclaim our entire City, not just certain portions of it. Finally, it will serve as a major boost to Buffalo's civic pride--we will, effectively, reclaim a critical, significant moment of our city's history and make it part of our future.
Let's not turn our backs on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.