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Feb 27, 2012
05:19 AMRandom Rants
Trico #1—the WBFO discussion
It’s never easy to get straight answers about endangered buildings. And, to be fair, often there are no straight answers. There are far more dilapidated but important properties in Buffalo than there are owners or developers ready to step up and revitalize them. Sometimes the owner or owners lack the resources to properly renovate an historic structure, or such a renovation would not be a proper use of the resources they do have.
Trico Plant #1, the monumental former windshield wiper factory that fills up the space between Goodell, Virginia, Ellicott, and Washington Streets, is surrounded by equal parts pessimism, uncertainty, controversy, and hope. Since 2007, it has been owned by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which currently uses a small section of the 600,000-square-foot structure for its Innovation Center. Discussions are ongoing about the building’s future, and there is plenty of speculation that some kind of demolition is part of those discussions.
Trico Plant #1 is the subject of Buffalo Spree’s March Preservation Ready installment. On Friday, we talked to WBFO’s Eileen Buckley about the building and what may happen to it. Click here to hear that conversation, which aired this morning.
The complete Trico article will be posted this Friday.