Time Line — The When, What, and How of Our Rehabilitation Project
Stabilization efforts begin. $5 million in state funds are allocated after former Assemblymember Sam Hoyt, a local preservation group, and others file a lawsuit to bring attention to the deteriorated condition of the State-owned Complex.
Richardson Center Corporation is created and appointed by Governor George Pataki to chart the future rehabilitation of almost 500,000 square feet of historic buildings and accompanying grounds, using $76 million in state funds.
Study begins of the Complex and grounds to evaluate rehabilitation and potential redevelopment options. Recommendations for reuse are prepared by the Urban Land Institute.
Historic Structures and Cultural Landscape investigations begin. Comprehensive history, existing conditions assessment, and treatment recommendations serve as a guide for future changes to the buildings and grounds.
First public meeting is held (one of ten such meetings as of 2014).
Historic Structures and Cultural Landscape Reports are completed.
$2.1 million Stabilization Phase I begins.
Master Plan/Generic Environment Impact Statement process begins with consideration of a phased reuse development plan for the buildings and grounds and evaluation of potential environmental impacts.
Architecture and Visitor Center Concept and Feasibility Studies are completed.
$7.8 million Stabilization Phase II begins.
Master Plan/Generic Environment Impact Statement is completed. Focus is on the first phase of development as a hotel and conference center, and architecture center for Buffalo in the three central buildings, and re-greening of the grounds with a new South Lawn landscape, northern landscape, and east-west roadway approved.
Richardson Center Corporation Institutional, Operational, and Pre-Development Planning Report by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership completed for the Buffalo Architecture Center.
Richardson Olmsted Complex is open to the public for the first time in more than ten years during the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Conference.
Special legislation is enacted to enable property transfer from the State to the Richardson Center Corporation.
Stabilization is completed.
LP Ciminelli is selected as Construction Manager.
Docent training program begins.
South Lawn landscape is open to the public.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces first phase of reuse.
Hotel operator is selected.
Construction begins for the first phase of development.
The hotel and conference center brand is revealed.
Construction completed in December 2016 for Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center, 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center.
Furnishings, fixtures, and equipment are installed.
Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center opened to the public in the spring.
15,000 people celebrated on the South Lawn at enLIGHTen
The Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center is scheduled to open late in 2018.