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.