Debate escalates over the future of Trico

Mar 23, 2012

The massive Trico plant complex on Goodell is now the object of a familiar community debate: preserve or demolish?

Hours after the city Preservation Board recommended last night the vast complex be listed as a historic landmark, Preservation Buffalo Niagara held a public meeting in the Common Council Chambers to talk about what to do with the deteriorating industrial complex.

Trico is a hodge-podge of buildings from different times built for different uses and the roof is shot, letting water and snow inside.

Matthew Enstice is president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

He told the meeting talks have been going on quietly for almost two-years with an array of preservation groups talking about the building and what might be done but Enstice says it's not yet appropriate to talk about what might happen.

Developer Doug Swift says it's time to end these closed-door meetings.

The complex belongs to a city agency and the medical campus is designated developer and has already renovated one structure as the Innovation Center.