Krog To Develop Trico?

After two years of working hard to save Trico, I woke up to this in the Buffalo news.

I just want to reflect for a moment.
To think back about our efforts over the two years – long meetings, canvassing neighborhoods, getting hundreds of petitions, the art auction, two land marking attempts, several public meetings, fundraisers, educational meetings, our Save Trico sticker campaign, the save Trico chalk bomb in front of the BNMC… Oh my gosh, we have pushed so much.

And when I say “we” I mean basically everyone in the preservation community – PBN, BYP, the preservation round table, developers, the fruit belt.. and many others.

For those who don’t know, this building means a lot to Jason & I.
Jason and I started dating because we worked together on the initial landmark nomination back in late 2011… It brought us together, made us learn each other’s work habits quickly and helped lay the foundation to our strong partnership!

I’m not super excited just yet, however, I am sure this is a giant step forward.

More to come – we are researching the brownfield application now to get more info on the rehab details.



Painting for Preservation: Trico Art-In is Tomorrow Morning. Come one, come all!

Bring out the brushes, the easels, your cameras or your sketch book. Tomorrow is the day we document Trico via an Art-In! Even if you don’t feel like painting or sketching.. come and hang. It’s always fun and we have a lot of great conversations. I may bring snacks too!

Saturday, 6/1/2013 – 9:30am – 1pm. 

Here is the event link. SAVE TRICO.

Join us for on-site art-making at the historic Trico Plant #1. Artists of all skill level and media are welcome as are any interested observers and community members. To read more about this location, check out this article from Buffalo Spree, or join the Save Trico FB group

This site is rich with Buffalo history and is a designated landmark on the National Register, however local preservationists are working hard to secure local landmark status to help ensure that it stays a part of our city’s urban fabric. Our industrial history is a key component to our regrowth, and it is vital to the visual language and character of our city.

The oldest building within the complex, originally the Christian Weyland Brewery cold storage building, was built in 1890. The facade of this building is still visible from the Ellicott St. side and is situated within the larger additions from the 1920s (and onward) afterit was acquired by Trico to manufacture windshield wipers. The complex grew to include excellent examples of the Daylight Factory style. 

For those looking to portray Trico within the city, there are interesting views of downtown from this location as well.



Buffalo’s Success Stories Prove Reasoning For Rehabbing and Landmarking Trico.

Larkin-Exchange, 95 Perry, AC Lofts, Tri-Main, Art Space, Warehouse Lofts, Remington Lofts, UB’s M Wile Building. All of these buildings are historic daylight factories that at one time were vacant buildings that were on the brink of demolition – just like our Trico Plant on Goodell St.

Today all of these projects are our economic engines and success stories. They are our houses, our offices, our bars and restaurants. These are award winning projects recognized for preservation, sustainability and adaptive reuse from organizations statewide.

These projects have helped to cast a new light on Buffalo and inspire others to think positive about our Queen City. These once considered risky projects, have now spurred an incredible amount of spin off investment across the City. From comedy clubs to more downtown residential units, concert series to new retail and restaurants, we find ourselves in a new city – a rejuvenated Buffalo –  one that has a billion dollars worth of projects in the pipeline, increasing property values and more excitement than many have seen in decades.

Trico Plant # 1 is sitting in the best area of the City that is growing the most – our medical campus. We cannot ask it to be in a better location. It’s designated developer (the BNMC) has over one billion dollars of development in current and future projects. If anyone in this region has the money to rehab this building and create the spin off developments seen in the other projects, it is the BNMC.

Trico has a chance to become our next economic engine. In its current state it is a national landmark, making it eligible for 40% tax credits – something that only a few buildings mentioned above had the advantage of having. It’s unique, open floor plan makes it easy to reuse for several use types including office, residential and lab space – all three uses that the BNMC is in need of. It can also be used partially for a parking garage, which could alleviate issues in the Fruit Belt as parking becomes more stressful in that area.

Trico deserves to be a part of the resurgence of Buffalo. It’s bones are solid, its owner is financially capable and its location is perfect. Rehabbing and reusing the Trico building will help to add to our continued success as a region and help strengthen our City core.

Take a minute to write your common council member. Tell he/she to landmark this building on 4/30/2013. Use this letter, if you need a template. 


Trico Local Landmark Public Meeting – Tuesday at 2pm!!! Save Trico!

The day has come! Take off work! Cancel that meeting!
We need YOU to be at City Hall – 13th Floor Common Council chambers at 2pm on Tuesday, March 26th.

The common council legislative committee is hosting one public meeting before they decide on the fate of Trico’s local landmark status.

We need you there to show your support!
Why is this important??? If Trico becomes a local landmark, we will have more say in what happens to Trico (aka – your personal tax dollars). This gives us the right to have an open process about this nationally registered historic building.

Tuesday, March 26th. 2pm. Common Council Chambers.
Bring a friend, a co worker and a relative.



Cheers for Trico Meeting & Fundraiser! [Wednesday, Jan 30th – Pan Am – 6-9pm]

See you Wednesday!

This is important. Please attend!

On Wednesday, January 30th from 6-9pm @ the Pan Am Brewery, BYP, PBN and the Save Trico Preservation Round Table are coming together to put on “Cheers for Trico” a community meeting & fundraising event!

The facebook link is here:
Buffalorising coverage can be found here:

The Details:
From 6-7pm, a community meeting will be held to explain the importance of Trico to our local economy and history. Rocco Termini, Dana Saylor, Jason Wilson  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

With Buffalove,
BYP Team

Cheers for Trico!
Cheers for Trico!

Save Trico!

A half Trico is not okay with me.

This building has endless potential and is in the fastest growing area of the city. With millions of square feet needed at the medical campus, Trico could be one of the buildings used to meet the demand.

More to come…
Check for more details.


Donn Esmonde on Trico!

Donn Esmonde posted this article (below) yesterday in the buffalo news. Its something that i feel very strongly about. Saving trico and reusing it is the only way to go. We have seen several reuse projects like it and there is a demand for space in the medical campus! Reuse is a no brainer. Let’s hope the BNMC and Oishei can come together on this to do the right thing.

“The $10 million naming-rights gift Tuesday for the coming John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital came with a dose of irony.

Oishei made his fortune selling windshield wipers. The company he founded was Trico. Trico’s now-vacant plant sits at the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The expanding campus – of which the coming hospital will be a major piece – threatens the existence of the multibuilding Trico complex, which Medical Campus officials have talked about demolishing.
In other words, a gift from the foundation set up by Trico’s founder contributes to the expansion of the campus that threatens the landmark Trico building’s future.
All of which, Tom Yots hopes, makes Medical Campus officials more reluctant to call for the wrecking ball.
“The BNMC people . control the building that ultimately made this [$10 million] gift possible,” said Yots, head of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. “It needs to be stabilized until we find a [reuse]. . Who thought even five years ago that a Rocco Termini would come along and transform the Lafayette Hotel?”
Stay tuned. A feasibility study is due in a few weeks. I have a hard time imagining Medical Campus officials building for the future with an Oishei Foundation gift while erasing the edifice that is part of the man’s legacy.”


Save Trico: Keeping the Conversation Going

I know everyone is totally engaged with the Preservation Plus conference this week but I wanted to take a minute to talk Trico.

In the past week, a few significant articles have been posted on Buffalorising by Rachacha in an effort to keep the conversation going on the future of Trico. These articles are very important to read because they provide insight to what is going on behind closed doors  as well as general ideas for the future of the Trico building.

If you aren’t following Trico, a few weeks back there was an article in Buffalo Business First (Print only!) that said the BNMC had a preferred plan, which was demolition of the Trico building and that they wanted to build a new innovation center on top of the rubble. Considering there is a parking lot across the street, I think building on the vacant parking lot instead of paying to demolish Trico and build  would make more economic  sense, correct?

What is VERY important to know is this – If we allow the wrecking ball to put a hole into Trico, the building will immediately loose the possibility of 40% of the project being paid for through historic tax credits. This is why the pressure must be kept on, why the conversation must continue and why the decision needs to be influenced by the community, not by a political agenda. The BNMC bought Trico after it was labeled a historic landmark and were well aware of its existing problems. The BNMC has continued to assist in the decay of Trico by allowing water to infiltrate and by not providing much needed maintenance.  However, it is not too late.

Anyhow, the links are below. Take a minute to read and understand what is going on. As more information gets into the hands of the public, the more pressure is placed on the BNMC to do the right thing for our community. This is especially important because whatever happens with the Trico building will ultimately use our tax dollars, donations and other public sources to get it done.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the preservation conference this week, and hopefully in the near future at the ribbon cutting on a rehabbed Trico Building!

Innovate Trico: Thinking Outside of the Box

Innovate Trico: Nebraska – good website for a lot of information on the Trico fight.