Adaptive Reuse of Complex Includes Hospitality and Cultural Venues
The hotel, conference and event 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.
Both the planned 88-room hotel and 300-seat conference/event center 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 begins late in 2014 and will continue for about two years. The result will be a unique hospitality site that will employ 500 construction workers and create 75 permanent jobs, supported by state funds, federal tax credits, and private investment.
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 café will be available.
The design and construction team for this project is made up of the following: