The public will have one last opportunity to have their voices heard regarding the designation of the TRICO Plant as a local historic landmark. The designation is an agenda item at tomorrow’s Common Council Meeting taking place in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 2pm. Please come out and show your support for TRICO’s designation. If approved, the local landmark status will ensure that the community will have input in the future of this historic asset.
To put the conversation surrounding the landmarking of TRICO into perspective, below is an open letter forwarded to SaveTrico from a group called ‘Trico Citizens Coalition’, which is addressed to Council Member Pridgen. Trico sits just inside Pridgen’s Ellicott District.
‘Dear Council Member Pridgen:
We are writing to ask for your support for the local landmark designation application for the Trico Plant #1 Building. The building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the Fall of 2000 having met the required criteria for eligibility set forth by the National Park Service in partnership with the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Given this national status, and the fact that the thresholds for local landmark designation is considerably lower than that of a national register-listed building, it is overwhelmingly apparent that the Trico Plant #1 Building is also eligible to become a City of Buffalo Local Historic Landmark. This should be the only relevant fact that influences your decision regarding this subject.
It is imperative that you understand the context in which your decision should be made. As a Certified Local Government, the City of Buffalo is required to list local historic landmarks regardless of owner consent. It is the City’s duty and therefore you and your fellow council members’ responsibility to approve the local landmark designation for the Trico Plant based solely on it’s historic significance rather than the wishes of the owner. Again, given that the building is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is tremendously obvious that the Trico Plant is eligible to be listed as a local historic landmark.
The City of Buffalo’s Preservation Ordinance was enacted in 1974 and “declared as a matter of public policy that preservation, protection, conservation, enhancement, perpetuation and utilization of sites, buildings, improvements and districts of special character, historical or aesthetic interest or value are necessary and required in the interest of the health, education, culture, prosperity, safety and high quality of life of the people”. The preservation of historic assets is not a matter of opinion, but rather one of public policy. As an elected official, you and your fellow council members are responsible for enforcing this established policy.
As outlined above, (1) the Trico Plant #1 Building is eligible to be listed as a local historic landmark, and (2) it is the established public policy of the City of Buffalo to enforce such actions. It is my hope that this letter has clarified the context in which your decision regarding the local landmark designation application for the Trico Plant #1 Building should be made. I urge you and your fellow council members to approve the application for local landmark designation, and with it fulfill your obligation to the citizens you are sworn to represent.
Trico Citizens Coalition‘
Great letter guys, let’s hope Pridgen and the rest of the council makes the right decision. See you all at City Hall at 2pm TOMORROW!