Trico's future looks bleak
Today, Preservation Buffalo Niagara issued a public statement that the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has declined their assistance in finding an adaptive reuse solution for Trico Plant #1. The Buffalo-based nonprofit had offered to seek funding for a historic preservation adaptive reuse study, as well as help discover what opportunities there might be for taking advantage of historic preservation tax credits for as much as 40% of the reuse project’s cost. (These credits can benefit even organizations that have no tax liability, as they can be sold.)
As PBN states:
We understand that an agreement for a phased demolition of the building has been executed and may soon be implemented. It is also our understanding that no plans have been made for the immediate reuse of the site.
The only glimmer of hope that remains is that representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will be visiting Buffalo next week. There is a chance that they could answer questions about Trico in some kind of public meeting. So even if most of the structure does come down, perhaps more people will understand why it was important.
Trico is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but has no official protection under any local preservation listing. It is therefore unlikely that the Buffalo Preservation Board will have much success in trying to prevent or delay demolition.
We’ll be following this story as it develops; here is the story that appears in the March Spree, as well as the WBFO Press pass discussion on Trico.