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Tuesday Trico Meeting POSTPONED

Tuesday’s planned meeting to discuss the future of the Trico building has been postponed.  From Preservation Buffalo Niagara:

Preservation Buffalo Niagara met with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and, in the interest of greater participation, the public information session scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, will be postponed. We have chosen to postpone in the desire to include the BNMC and other interested parties in the discussion.  PBN continues to advocate for the development of a reuse study.   A new date for the public information session will be announced.


At the same time The Lorax film is enjoying its second weekend atop the Hollywood box office, an astute observer with a camera equipped with a Seussian filter, has captured the creature himself atop the Trico building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The Lorax, which has made previous appearances in Buffalo speaking for the trees lost along Porter Avenue and at the Richardson Complex is this time speaking for a prominent heritage building. Or more realistically, inviting you to become a Lorax and speak up for and speak out for the Trico building this week.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara, perhaps secretly in league with The Lorax (we couldn’t get either a confirmation or denial) is holding a forum Tuesday evening at 6PM at First Presbyterian Church at Symphony Circle (details below), where you can both get more information about the past and present status of this massive heritage building, and have your say about what its future should be.

Last week on Buffalo Rising, you saw statements (here, and here) on the Trico building from both Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, both accompanied by a brief statement from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  The forum Tuesday will provide you an opportunity to have your say and to have your questions answered.

Another opportunity to make your voice heard will come on March 22, at Buffalo City Hall, for a public hearing on the potential designation of the Trico building as a City of Buffalo locally designated historic landmark.  That hearing will be held at 6PM, in Common Council chambers on the 13th floor.

Thumbnail image for tricolorax4.jpgFrom Preservation Buffalo Niagara:

Please join us on Tuesday, March 13th, at 6:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle for a public meeting regarding the current status of the Trico Plant #1 Building.  The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Presenters will include:

•    Frank Kowsky, Architectural Historian and Professor, will give a short presentation on the history of the National Register designated building; and

•    Tom Yots, new Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, will discuss the option of a reuse study for the building and support of the regulatory process.
There will be a question & answer period with:

•    Paul McDonnell, Buffalo Preservation Board
•    Tom Yots, Preservation Buffalo Niagara
•    Frank Kowsky, Architectural Historian
•    Martin Wachadlo, Architectural Historian
Representatives from the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Preservation Board, BNMC and other local organizations have been invited to attend.
Tuesday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
One Symphony Circle, Buffalo
Please park on the surrounding streets (free after 5pm), instead of in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.

Thumbnail image for tricolorax2.jpgIf you want to see the Lorax there, be sure to bring your Seussian glasses!

Images courtesy of the Answer Lady

Written by RaChaCha


RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum.

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