Use money to repair terminal, not to add paid administrators
The news that the Central Terminal will receive $5 million from the state is long overdue and most welcome. What is disappointing is that some of the coveted money will be used to load up on paid administrative staff. The Central Terminal Restoration Corp. knows what needs to be done and would have done it if the funds were available previously.
Upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning is on the agenda, which is imperative to making the site more usable. Upgrading electrical, adding functional bathrooms, a commercial kitchen and restoring the main concourse and entrance would make this a popular venue for weddings, annual dinners, galas and meetings.
When that work is done and the terminal is ready to take reservations for events, then it will be time to start adding paid staff. And when the concourse is generating revenue, improvements to the rest of the site will become more of a reality.
Hiring administrators will eat up the money for needed revenue-generating improvements and has the potential to turn the Central Terminal into the mind-boggling system that exists in the Erie County Water Authority and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.