Delaware site is 'preferred option' for new convention center

Delaware Site
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz Thursday announced the Delaware site as the 'preferred site' for a potential new convention center for Buffalo and Erie County that would cost an estimated $441 million. 

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined today by President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara Patrick Kaler to present the results of Erie County’s Phase II Convention Center Study, conducted by TVS Design and examining the feasibility and probable cost of potential sites for the construction of a new Convention Center.

The sites examined in the Phase II study included a “Statler site” incorporating the historic Statler Hotel and utilizing the existing Convention Center; an “HSBC site” adjacent to the existing HSBC Building and bordered by Perry Street, Scott Street and Michigan Avenue; and, instead of renovation of the current facility and construction of a new “wing”, the construction of one facility at a “Delaware site” on Delaware Avenue next to the Statler hotel and bordered by Franklin, West Mohawk, and West Huron Streets.

"The construction of a new convention the best option for our community", said Poloncarz as officials detailed the pros and cons of the various sites. 

The Delaware site, directly north of the Statler hotel, provides the greatest value for the least cost, according to the study. This site would meet the recommended program area, have good operational serviceability, and would allow a return to Buffalo’s radial street grid through the re-opening of Genesee Street downtown to Pearl Street (currently blocked by the existing Convention Center, which would be razed in this plan). Th