Get a sneak peek at one of Buffalo’s most interesting adaptive reuse projects that will give new life to some of Buffalo’s iconic grain elevators and incorporate historic ruins into the landscape and overall site development. Meet the developer of Buffalo RiverWorks, a multi- use development springing up on the Buffalo River. Learn more about the vision of developer Doug Swift and his partner Earl Ketry, owner of Pearl Street Grill, in this limited time only Hard Hat Tour of the entire facility. With what could be the country’s first purpose built roller derby track, a restaurant, malting and brewing facilities and the new home to the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament, it is an ambitious adaptive reuse project utilizing what remains of the historic GLF grain elevator site. Called “The Ruins”, Swift has incorporated what is left of the Wheeler grain elevator that fell into the Buffalo River in 2011 during a controversial demolition. The development also includes a pro-shop and two rinks for curling, hockey and open skating events.
You can reserve tickets for this developer led tour here. The tour begins at 10am at 359 Ganson Street (off of Michigan) and will last about 1.5 hours. Tickets are $40 including lunch after the tour at Pearl Street Grill, or $25 for the tour only. The first PBN Hard Hat Tour was November 1st with additional tours on November 15th, 29th and December 13th. Each tour is limited to 30 people.Please dress accordingly as this is an active construction site.