News Coverage From The Cheers for Trico Meeting! 1/31/13

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WGRZ News –

More to come.. we have heard we are on WBFO, YNN and Channel 7 so once those are posted, we will post them up on here.




Make Trico A Local Landmark! Information & Contact Info For You!

In April of 2011, concerned citizens and preservation groups went to the common council to have Trico made into a local landmark which will protect it from demolition. It was unanimously voted in favor of being a local landmark by the preservation board! However, the final decision was up to Council Member Pridgen because the BNMC is located within his territory. At that time, he tabled the decision despite it meeting more than the needed criteria that defines a local landmark.

As of today, January 31, the Local Landmark has been tabled which means a decision has not yet been made. On January 3, 2013, PBN sent a letter to Council Member Pridgen asking what was holding this decision up now that the BNMC has decided to demolish 60% of Trico. You can read that letter and the article here.

Here is the link from Artvoice that explains why and how it became tabled. Click here.

We URGE you to contact your council member and Mr. Pridgen and let them know that Trico deserves to be a local landmark in Buffalo! Here is the link to ALL the common council members and their emails. Write or call and let them know that the Iconic Trico building deserves to be a Buffalo Local Landmark. Here is their contact info – LINK

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas for Trico, please email us at And lastly, THANK YOU for your support, energy and donations from last nights event. Pictures and event details will be coming soon!

-Save Trico

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Cheers for Trico! Buffalorising coverage of the event happening on Jan 30th!

This comes from Buffalorising on 1/24/13

The future of Trico Plant #1 will be discussed over some great drinks next Wednesday, January 30th from 6pm to 9pm at the Pan Am Brewery in the Hotel Lafayette. An event called, “Cheers for Trico”, is a community meeting and fundraiser discussing the possible future of the Trico Plant at Goodell and Washington Streets. The event is being co-hosted by Buffalo’s Young Preservationists, the Preservation Roundtable, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

Last year the Preservation Roundtable, a community-based member group comprised of real estate industry professionals, concerned citizens and community volunteers, announced that they would be continuing the investigation to find an appropriate adaptive reuse for the historic Trico Building.

The group served in a minor advisory role in the production of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus’s, “Trico Complex Redevelopment Feasibility Study.” This feasibility study was released late last fall. Preservation Roundtable member Jason Wilson commended the BNMC for their effort but feels that a further investigation is required. “We are extremely appreciative of their study which will provide us with an excellent foundation for our investigation moving forward,” says Wilson. “But BNMC’s current proposed plan is ineligible for historic tax credits which places the future reuse of the entire complex at risk. There is a better alternative out there.”

Rocco Termini also served as a member of the Preservation Roundtable and has echoed Wilson’s comments about the need for a more comprehensive study for the reuse of Trico. Termini went on to say, “If I would have listened to every marketing study ever produced without further investigation then I would have never started a project…the entire Trico Building has a future.”

The Preservation Roundtable’s investigation will have a larger scope than the previous study by exploring creative design solutions, specific market opportunities and potential economic incentives that were not originally identified.

Cheers for Trico will begin with a community meeting from 6pm – 7pm. Local artist and historian Dana L. Saylor-Furman will examine the importance of the Trico Building to our local history. Rocco Termini and others will be leading the conversation about the potential for reuse of the National Register-listed daylight factory.

The public will have an opportunity to voice their opinion about what they’d like to see happen at Trico. Following the community meeting, a fundraiser will be held from 7pm – 9pm to collect funds to investigate an alternative adaptive reuse proposal. The event is free and open to the public.

You can RSVP on Facebook, by clicking here.

1-30 Fund Flyer(Final)

1|30|13 – Save Trico Community Meeting & Fundraiser!

Event Alert! We think we all realize the BNMC did not consider all alternatives,  several which could include saving and reusing the entire building. Considering that the BNMC needs over 5+million square feet according to their own master plan, one would imagine that they would want to save and reuse this nationally registered building, no?  This event is aimed to raise cash to hire the folks that can really study reuse options for the iconic Trico building. Come and bring a friend!

On Wednesday, January 30th from 6-9pm @ the Pan Am Brewery, the Buffalo Young Preservationists, Preservation Buffalo Niargar and the Save Trico Preservation Round Table are hosting “Cheers for Trico” a community meeting & fundraising event!

From 6-7pm, a community meeting will be held to explain the importance of Trico to our local economy and history. Rocco Termini and others will be leading the conversation.
From 7-9pm, the fundraising will begin (beer, art, 50/50 split) to collect money to fund an alternative study to identify other reuse options that were not explored (but should have been) by the BNMC.

Rocco Termini will be donating a portion of the drink sales. Buffalo’s Young Preservationists will be collecting $$$ donations and raffling off two sets of hand made “Trico” art created by by historian/artist Chris Kameck. This is going to be both educational AND really fun. All are welcome to come.

Wednesday, Jan 30th // Hotel Lafayette Pan Am // 6-9pm // 391 Washington St

Facebook Event:

1-30 Fund Flyer(Final)

Tell Us Your Trico Story!

We want you to tell us your Trico story!

Tell us why Trico is important to you. We want to hear what your memories are of the building and what you think should Trico should become.

Maybe your grandfather worked there for 30 years? Or your mom worked there during the war?These stories help paint a picture of the incredible history that this building has to the region. This building is owned by the BUDC, a quasi city/county entity. You have the right to have a say in it’s future because your tax dollars are invested here!

Fill out the google form found at this link:

We look forward to hearing from you!



Stalled Trico Landmark Application – PBN’s Letter to Council Member Darius Pridgen


Press Release re: Stalled Trico Landmark Application

Contact: Tom Yots
Phone: (716) 852-3300

On Friday, December 28th, 2012, Preservation Buffalo Niagara(PBN) sent a letter to Ellicott District Council Member Darius Pridgen regarding the status of the stalled local landmark nomination application for the historic Trico Plant #1 Building located in his district. The application would designate the already national register-listed building as a local historic landmark and would in turn guarantee valuable community input regarding the property’s ultimate future. PBN, the region’s foremost preservation advocacy organization, is concerned that the City of Buffalo is not abiding by its own laws at an immeasurable cost to its citizens.  

The Letter to Council Member Pridgen states that, “it has been several months since the Legislation Committee of the Buffalo Common Council (Committee), of which you are the chairman, has had any legislative action on the application.” Per the City’s adopted Preservation Ordinance, the Legislation Committee has 30 days from the date of the required public hearing to act on an application for locally landmarking a significant building. The public hearing was held on April 24th, 2012, over 35 weeks ago from today’s date. This public hearing followed the unanimous approval of the application by the City’s Preservation Board on March 8th of that same year. The failure of the Committee to act on the application is a blatant violation of the rule of law and denies the citizens of the City of Buffalo the privileges entitled to them under the Preservation Ordinance.        

The importance of local landmark designation cannot be understated. This law ensures that an informed, public conversation occurs concerning the future of significant, irreplaceable buildings in our communities. To be considered a local landmark, properties must fulfill established criteria relating to architectural design, historic significance, and community importance among others outlined in the Preservation Ordinance. Using these criteria, the Preservation Board unanimously approved the local landmark nomination application for the Trico Plant #1 Building over nine months ago. The inaction on behalf of the Committee is restricting the vital right of the community to preserve our heritage. PBN respectfully requests that the application for this historic building be properly discharged from the Committee as soon as possible and sequentially be approved by the Common Council at its next regular meeting. Preservation Buffalo Niagara is eager to assist the City in whatever capacity to ensure that the rights and privileges afforded to the citizens of the City of Buffalo under the Preservation Ordinance are understood and followed.