A New, Regular Post by Contributors of Preservation-Ready Sites
Buffalo is a city on the move. After 50 years of stagnancy, neighborhoods, buildings and parks are coming back to life. However, there remain many sites throughout the city, whether they be individual properties or public spaces, that need some creative and forward-thinking inspiration.
Preservation-Ready Sites, an independent/grassroots media watchdog group comprised of citizens interested in architectural preservation and quality new design opportunities in Buffalo, has launched Buffalo Revised as a way to engage the public, from armchair urban planners to accredited architects, in the discussion around better uses for these sites.
The concept of Buffalo Revised is to engage BRO readers in discussion around adaptive re-use, design and/or preservation of the sites in question. Readers are encouraged to post feedback in this forum and/or post designs, concepts in Preservation-Ready Sites’ group on Facebook. Preservation-Ready will, in turn, compile the feedback and forward it to the actual site owners as a way to instigate a dialogue and/or inform a decision on the future use of the site.
Our next Buffalo Revised site is the at-risk Trico building (photo credit: Steve Siegel), which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, is an early example of a “Daylight Factory” and sits adjacent to the Medical Corridor. According to Powers That Be, the building needs to be demolished, as “there has been a hole in the roof for ten years”.
Now, it is your turn. What grand re-use plan would you come up for the site? Be creative, be lofty. Or, if you prefer, be pragmatic and, in addition to offering an adaptive re-use design suggestion, provide a sense of the budget and how you would envision paying for said re-design.
We look forward to your feedback.