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Buffalo's historic waterfront train terminal could become a tourism-oriented activity center, with the help of a $100,000 design grant from the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will match the state grant, funding a use and design study for the partially-occupied Delaware, Lackawanna & Western terminal.

New York Secretary of State Alexander F. Treadwell visited the terminal with Mayor Masiello today to review redevelopment plans.

The DL&W terminal, which once connected rail lines with lake steamships, was partially dismantled during construction of the Metro Rail system. The first floor of the surviving train wing now serves as the maintenance and storage barns for Metro Rail cars.

The second level, with views of the Inner Harbor and a floor strong enough to support locomotives, has been targeted in waterfront plans for development, with possible links to Marine Midland Arena and a new Metro Rail station.

The project would include converting the former industrial wharf into a public shoreline promenade, developing a pedestrian plaza for public activities and renovating the terminal as a public center.

Discussions also have included the possibility of using the upper levels as exhibit space for the Buffalo Museum of Science.

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