Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced its support Thursday for putting a new train station in the Central Terminal.
"Historic preservation is about more than old buildings and architecture - it is about economic revitalization and urban regeneration," PBN said in a statement. "With the offer by Governor Cuomo of significant funding towards this endeavor, this opportunity allows us not only to invest in a beautiful building, but to invest in a neighborhood that has been neglected for several decades."
The Central Terminal and two downtown locations by the current Exchange Street station are believed to be the front-runners for a new station. A committee chaired by Mayor Byron W. Brown is expected to make its decision later this month.
PBN's statement said the Central Terminal would be a "catalyst" for private investment on the East Side, a view shared by several Buffalo politicians, as well as Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.
"The residents of this section of the city will benefit, and visitors to the Terminal will be awed by the building's beauty. This project will inject much-needed vitality into this long dis-invested section of Buffalo," PBN said.
Gallery: Inside Buffalo's Central Terminal
PBN also touted the land around the station that could include at a later date an expanded Metro line.
"A revitalized Central Terminal will be a key asset in Buffalo’s architectural canon: it will sit alongside the Guaranty Building, the Darwin Martin House, the Richardson-Olmsted Complex, City Hall and the grain elevators as a must-see site on Buffalo's cultural tourism map," PBN said.
"This investment will shift that map eastward - a crucial shift if we are to reclaim our entire city, and not just certain portions of it. Let's not turn our backs on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," the organization said.