Buffalo Central Terminal

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    Non-profit Documentation and Tax-exempt Status

    As a non-profit organization the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation is required by law to publish our annual filing for charitable organizations, tax-exempt status and by-laws. These documents are provided to the general public below – just click on the link to launch a new browser window and view the electronic document.

    For more information regarding any of these document please inquire via the contact page.

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2015 Form CHAR500 and Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2014 Form CHAR500 and Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2013 Form CHAR500 and Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2013 By-Laws

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2012 Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2012 Form CHAR500

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2011 Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2010 Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2009 Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2008 Form 990

    Central Terminal Restoration Corporation 2007 Form 990 

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    The Strategy of Restoring the Buffalo Central Terminal

    To aid in facilitating the creation of the “Hub” Master Plan, Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) created the Real Estate Development (RED) Team. This committee’s primary task was to advise the Board on architectural and preservation issues while developing a conceptual plan and implementation strategy for the organization’s new path. In doing so, the committee has developed a hierarchy for projects, the recommendations for procedures, and potential programmatic reuses to be explored and thoroughly analyzed.

    Since the initial steps, the CTRC has ascertained a community-serving adaptive reuse plan for the 523,000 square foot site.  The restoration efforts will merge the skills of architects, engineers, craftspeople, artists and others who had previously contributed to the art of building development at and prior to the turn of the 20th Century.   This plan provides strong community reinvestment; work force development and regional economic development while offering local colleges and universities shared space for the study of adaptive reuse and eventual mergers of business, Art and Education working together.

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    Establishing a Framework and Vision for Restoration

    In order to represent this change of direction, every aspect of the organization was examined and amended to represent this new course. This included expansion of the board, adoption of updated organizational by-laws, revision of Vision and Mission statements, and creation of the organization’s first Master Plan.

    Over a series of meetings, in consultation with professors of Medaille College, the general framework of development came into focus. The resounding preference of the organization was for the concourse to remain public space with supplementary yet supportive programs occupying the remainder of the complex. This concept continued to be refined and eventually produced a “Hub” development approach ( diagram to left ) which reflected the historical use of the complex while also incorporating elements relevant to modern day and future neighborhood, city and regional demands.

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    The Role of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation

    In 1997, the 18-acre site was acquired by the non-profit Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) for the nominal sum of $1 and the assumption of back taxes. Since that time, numerous cleaning, fund raising and public awareness events have revived the community’s passion for the building. In 1999, the Buffalo Central Terminal returned to Buffalo’s skyline as the office tower’s four clocks were repaired and relit. Following additional cleaning and abatement, the main concourse of the building was reopened for public occupancy in 2003. Since its reopening, additional areas of the interior have been made publicly accessible and the concourse has been utilized for numerous large gatherings including railroad shows, holiday festivals, automobile shows, art installations and weddings.

    In order to be proper stewards of the building and truly represent the Central Terminal’s interests, the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation Board in the fall of 2009, unanimously decided to take an active role in the reutilization and redevelopment of the complex.

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