RFEI released for Buffalo Central Terminal redevelopment

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The Central Terminal Restoration Corp. and the City of Buffalo this week released a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) to find a developer to reimagine the historic Buffalo Central Terminal campus.

Developers must submit proposals by Sept. 30. Finalists chosen in November will be invited to submit a formal request for proposals, leading to the selection of a developer by mid-2023.

“A proven approach in the development of complex real estate projects, the RFEI will evaluate potential development partners and their innovative ideas for the Central Terminal,” the city wrote in the RFEI announcement.

“This process will allow us to vet potential partners based on their alignment with the community vision, approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and past performance on similar, complicated development projects.”

The train station located in the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood was constructed in 1929. It has a brick exterior and limestone trim and was designed by Alfred T. Fellheimer and Steward Wagner. At its peak, more than 200 trains and 10,000 passengers used the station each day.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s announced in June that $61 million in state funding and fundraising dollars will be available to refurbish the exterior of the 17-story tower building and the grounds.

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