17 Dec '11, 1pm

Restoring Buffalo's Once Great Train Station Starts with an Outdoor Eco-Classroom

Restoring Buffalo's Once Great Train Station Starts with an Outdoor Eco-Classroom

The Buffalo Central Terminal, built to accommodate more than 3,000 rail passengers an hour, opened in 1929 and was abandoned 50 years later. The art deco landmark, which includes a 15 story office tower, has sat there for the past three decades, falling further and further into disrepair. But rather than demolish its once great train station, Buffalo has drawn up an ambitious plan to restore it as a central hub of urban activity and sustainable development. Dave Pape /Public Domain The Big Picture Logically, the terminal is centrally located. It is surrounded by preexisting railway infrastructure, which the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) hopes to modernize and reactivate. Following its master plan , the building itself will be restored , the bus system expanded and a light rail system considered. Eventually, the “entire complex will be reused for commercia...

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