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Advisory group to study potential uses for Terminal A building on Outer Harbor

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has formed an advisory group to figure out what can be done with the Terminal A building on the Outer Harbor.

The mammoth and vacant building sits on 50 acres of prime Outer Harbor property.

For the next 12 to 15 months, the group headed by new board member Mike Vogel will study options and make nonbinding recommendations. The group is expected to develop a sequence of steps that can be taken during the next two to five years.

Public officials, preservationists, architects and developers are among those expected to participate. Mayor Byron W. Brown, a nonvoting member of the waterfront agency, has said he hopes the 600,000-square-foot building will generate revenue, create jobs and add to the city's tax base.

Terminal A at 901 Fuhrmann Blvd. was built in 1931 and opened in 1938 as an auto assembly plant for Ford Motor Co. An estimated 2 million Fords were produced before production ended in 1958. The Niagara Frontier Port Authority acquired Terminal A in 1962 and it was used for many years by the Port of Buffalo.

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