Adaptive Reuse of Complex Includes Hospitality and Cultural Venues
The hotel and conference center and Buffalo Architecture Center are at the heart of the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Richardson Olmsted Complex and are expected to play a vital role in Western New York’s attraction as a cultural tourism destination. All three venues will occupy the iconic Towers Building and its two flanking structures.
Hotel Henry, Urban Resort Conference Center, is the cornerstone development of the Richardson Olmsted Complex, with a culinary experience at 100 Acres, The Kitchens at Hotel Henry. Both the planned 88-room hotel and urban resort conference center, designed to accommodate groups of 50-500 people, will be operated by InnVest Lodging, a Buffalo-headquartered company widely known for operating The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, a boutique hotel in the city.
Construction began in October 2014 and will continue for about two years, supported by state funds and historic tax credits. The result will be a unique hospitality site that will bring economic benefits to the region, including 500 construction jobs, 75 permanent jobs and direct sales and sales tax revenue.
In the interim, re-greening of the South Lawn of the Olmsted-Vaux landscape was completed in 2013. Additional landscaping adjustments and a new northern roadway will create a second entry to the campus. In addition, buildings comprising the rest of the Complex have undergone stabilization. Tenancies for SUNY Buffalo State and other compatible not-for-profit and arts and cultural uses are being considered.
Community involvement continues to be important in planning for the future of this mixed-use campus. The public is invited to visit the Complex, now and in the future, when access to the architecture center and restaurant spaces will be available.
The design and construction team for this project is made up of the following: