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Letter: Central Terminal works well as new train station location

Central Terminal works well as new train station location

Locating a new Amtrak station at Buffalo’s Central Terminal works on many fronts.

After a recent visit, Keith Garner (a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects) has proposed nominating the Central Terminal an outstanding example of Art Deco for inclusion on the World Monuments Funds list of most endangered cultural heritage sites.

This increases the terminal’s renown beyond national to an international level as well as opening up even more funding opportunities. We have already seen an increase in Buffalo tourism from abroad for our numerous architectural renovations. Continuing this growth with new Amtrak train accessibility arriving at another renovated architectural masterpiece makes perfect sense.

Existing open spaces could provide parking as well as landscaped green space. The outer buildings are already being considered for bus terminals enabling transport to areas not accessible by subway or trains, and the rail connections facilitate travel to larger cities, giving us the opportunities to further increase our tourism.

Working in conjunction with the recent enhancement of the Buffalo Poverty Task Force, development of the terminal complex could spread outward into this depleted East Side neighborhood, providing an opportunity for economic development and job opportunities.

With some funding already in place and more forthcoming, as well as numerous political factions working together, we have a tremendous opportunity for a triple play: enhanced transportation, development of a world-class structure for multiple uses and further economic stimulus to a long-depleted area.

Helen Shoff

West Seneca

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