5/14 Memorial Commission invites design submissions for a permanent memorial

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New York Construction News staff writer

Submissions for design concepts of a permanent 5/14 Memorial are being accepted from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, the 5/14 Memorial Commission announced.

The request for submissions will include a two-step process: The first part is an open submission to identify broad concepts and potential lead designers for the memorial. A short list of respondents will be chosen to submit their final designs with considerations for the actual site conditions and professional cost estimates.

“We will never forget our 10 neighbors in Buffalo who were senselessly slaughtered solely because of the color of their skin, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting the East Buffalo community as it continues to heal from this horrific, racist act of terror,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “I’m thankful to Mayor Brown, members of the 5/14 Memorial Commission and the public for their continued efforts to honor the lives and legacies of those we lost as well as all those in the community impacted by this tragedy.”

Part 1 submissions will be reviewed, and the individuals shortlisted to participate under Part 2 of the process will be selected by Jan. 23, 2024.

The Request for Submissions can be viewed here.

“Since the beginning of this process, our goal has been to create a living memorial that honors the lives taken and the lives impacted by this vicious act of hate,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “I look forward to seeing all the design concepts submitted by the public. I’m proud of the work the 5/14 Memorial Commission has been doing over these past few months to create a memorial that reflects the wishes of the families and the community.”

Earlier this year, Governor Hochul, Mayor Brown and the 5/14 Memorial Commission announced public meetings and a community survey which closes Nov. 1. For more information about the 5/14 Memorial Commission and the 5/14 survey visit www.514memorial.com.

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