The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation is pleased to announced this morning that Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes has secured a $250,000 earmark for electrical upgrades at the storied Buffalo Central Terminal. The earmark is the second time that the Assemblywoman has secured capital dollars for repairs for the historical structure. In 2008 she secured a $50,000 grant upgraded restroom facilities off of the main concourse.
The announcement comes during a site selection process for a new Amtrak station that activists insist should be located at the Central Terminal. The Mayor, who faces reelection later this year, is insisting on a downtown location for the Amtrak project.
The funds will be administered through DASNY (Dormitory Authority of the State of New York). This funding will culminate nearly $500,000 in investment by the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation in roof restoration and will allow the completion of long-planned solar panels.
“The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation has done a remarkable job in preserving the Central Terminal, one of our last regional treasures left standing unused,” said Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes. “The Central Terminal is a community anchor having just successfully hosted another Dyngus Day celebration, recently served as a location in the movie Marshall, and much more. The $250,000 will help restore critical functions at the Central Terminal allowing great work to continue. I applaud the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation Board of Directors, corporate sponsors, and community stakeholders on working together in restoring the Central Terminal.”
Completion of this project will upgrade the Terminal’s electric panels and enable full utilization of the historic building. This will set the table for future projects like restoration of the Central Terminal’s dining room, elevator reactivation and improved security systems.
“We can’t thank Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes for her commitment to the Central Terminal and her help in securing this much-needed funding,” said Jim Hycner, chair of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation Board of Directors. “We would also like to recognize National Grid and Ferguson Electric for their continued support of our electrical projects and impact on the surrounding Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood.”
Other recent work done to the Terminal includes $90,000 of cosmetic upgrades to the concourse courtesy of the movie Marshall and new light sconces donated by the retirees of the Local 71 Sheet Metal Workers Union, as well as a variety of electrical and structural upgrades thanks to the work of the CTRC’s volunteer crew.