Are The Stars Aligning for Trico?
This Buffalorising article appeared today… it confirms the rumors we have heard as well. Hopefully Krog group will find a reuse plan that is compliant with the SHPO Historic Preservation guidelines and uses the entire complex.
You can read it here: http://buffalorising.com/2013/08/are-stars-aligning-for-trico-reuse/
To the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,
Take a moment to read this article posted in Buffalorising today. This article is important because it explains that if you want to lure people to Buffalo instead of loosing out to NYC or Chicago, you need to understand and give them what they desire or you will continue to loose incredible talent to cities that give the youth what they need and want.
We are asking you to read this because as a major leader in Buffalo, you need to understand how to lead our city to greatness and attract new, innovative talent to the Queen city. Each move you make affects the city in some way. Reusing Trico successfully will require creative financing, demanding high design and out of the box thinking – traits one would expect City leader.
We want you to understand that saving Trico is not just about preservation. Trico is something that the public feels compelled and passionate to keep because if reused, it will be a part of the movement to lead our city to greatness. Reusing Trico will be a crucial step in planning and creating a mixed use, innovative medical corridor built for the 21st Century City.
We know your proposed compromise is a demolition plan. Your plan is to offer developers a building that does not have parking options. Your big plan is that no developer will want it without parking options and within a a few months, you will demolish the entire building because no developer has expressed interest.
But wait! Where there is a will, there is a way, right? We are asking you to work with the city, the community organizations, the young people who will lead this city one day and your private & public stakeholders to reuse the Trico building.
We are asking you to find a reuse for this building that will help lead our city to greatness. If you can’t come up with a solution, give the Trico building to someone who will harness the true potential of this iconic building. There are a variety of viable ideas out there that can work for Trico. Turn it into lofts or apartments for the 20,000 students that will attend school in the medical campus. Use it to fufill your need for administration and classroom space. Put parking inside and retail around the perimeter and give the street new life. Give a cash incentive to the developer with the best plan like you did for Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital. Make it a vertical green house and lab space for farm innovators. MAKE IT SOMETHING that demands a livable, walkable and diverse neighborhood that will lure young professional talent and make our city great.
This article appeared today inthe Buffalo News. Looks like the April 15th demolition date has changed and moved to 8 months from now.
“Our community [has] about eight months to find a local, national, international developer to put financing packages together,” he said. – Matt Enstice