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.”
This comic was put in Sundays Buffalo Newspaper. After speaking with Adam (the artist) to get the full detail on what this means, he confirmed that he wanted to show the public that the preservationists still can water trico and save it/bring it back to life!
There are THREE important preservation meetings this week that are happening for Trico!
Wednesday, April 18th – BYP happy hour at Ulrichs Tavern. A letter writing session will be set up to write to common council members and the mayor. Should be exciting! 7pm start.
Thursday, April 19th @ 1pm – trico reuse study meeting. Location is TBD. Basically this will be a group of people coming together to discuss an adaptive reuse plan for trico. Although I am not sure how effective this meeting will be, I do see the value in attending and getting an idea of where Trico is headed. Doug swift is now in charge of creating a reuse study for trico and he has a very good preservation reputation in Buffalo. I think that the more people who want to preserve the building that are there, the more that can help to drive the preservation agenda forward.
Tuesday April 24th @2pm – LOCAL LANDMARK HEARING!!!! City hall! The common council needs to hear from the public on why trico should be locally landmarked. Everyone must attend if they can! This is very very important. If it is locally landmarked, we can fight a demolition request!
Just over a week ago, myself and a team of Buffalo’s preservationists, had the wonderful opportunity to wander through and tour the Trico building in downtown Buffalo. The BNMC allowed us to tour it in hopes that we can come together to identify the best adaptive reuse plan for the property. The BNMC has paused the demo permit temporarily while we push to find a developer to take on this building.
Trico is a 600,000 sq. ft. building with very strong and structurally sound bones. There was water and a lot of peeling paint but nothing out of the ordinary. This building can easily be reused, especially given its large floor plates. Ideas were thrown around like Ecc moving in, a grocery store, indoor parking, apartments, incubator space and more. This buildings open floor plan allows for many uses to live under one roof pretty easily.
Trico’s value right now is made up of historical content because it was significant in the development and success of the windshield wiper, is a beautiful example of a daylight factory and also employed thousands of people. Even my father worked there!!!
But the building needs work. It needs to be developed or mothballed properly. We need to find a developer – fast. It needs a new roof, environmental remediation and a plan – a good, creative plan. Trico is listed on the national register, making it available to have historic tax credits for work being done. A local company, Preservation Studios, are champions at this and have already stated that Trico can and should take advantage of these tax credits. The opportunity is there, we just have to find someone to take it on.
We need a plan for the Trico building because it is worth saving!
I took this yesterday on my way home from work. This building is being threatened with demolition and needs to be saved. Not only is it historic, it’s a hearty and stable building that is surrounded by several great examples of buildings similar to its age and style that have been reused for the Buffalo Niagara medical campus.
Let’s see how this one pans out.