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Good Morning, Buffalo: Developer plans to transform DL&W Terminal into waterfront concert venue

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May 14, 2022

DL&W station, site of new music venue

Developer Sam Savarino at the DL&W station.

Savarino believes music venue will fill a void for concertgoers

The second floor of the DL&W Terminal in the Cobblestone District has been vacant since the last Erie-Lackawanna passenger train left the station in 1962. But now, Developer Sam Savarino plans to turn the space into a waterfront music venue, to be completed by 2025.

"Our intent is to make a public space in the size and scale and characteristics of great and successful public places in other communities," Savarino said.

Savarino said there's a need for a music venue between the 400-capacity Buffalo Iron Works music club the developer owns nearby and the planned 8,000-capacity amphitheater at the Outer Harbor. He believes the new music venue on the exterior deck of the building where the train line ends – overlooking the Cobblestone District on one side and the Buffalo River on the other – will fill that hole.

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WEATHER

Don Paul: Warm, dry streak fades this weekend, and a cooler pattern arrives next week: “A gradual intrusion of moisture from the south will increase the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially during afternoon heating,” writes Paul, noting today’s high will reach the upper 70s with moderate to marginally high humidity. Read more


BUFFALO NEXT

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