Urban Land Institute Panel releases recommendations for H.H. Richardson Complex: Richardson Center Corporation begins process of reuse and rehabilitation of National Historic Landmark
Friday, May 25, 2007
Buffalo, NY – Today the Urban Land Institute (ULI) released its recommendations for reuse, rehabilitation and potential redevelopment of the historic HH Richardson Complex on Forest Avenue in Buffalo. The ULI recommendations will provide a “framework” for guiding the community in developing a reuse plan for the site.
After a week of touring the City and surrounding neighborhoods, intensive evaluation of the site itself, and interviews with nearly 100 community stakeholders and regional experts, ULI has distilled the information down to recommendations that project sponsor Richardson Center Corporation and the community will consider in the coming months. The ULI panel of nine national experts and three ULI staff members met with preservation and restoration advocates, Olmsted parks, block clubs, and business association members, economic development professionals, experts on tourism, history, and architecture. Regional experts in retail trade, housing and bi-national relations, and representatives of both academia and the mental health community, cultural organizations, and political representatives all participated in the panel meetings.
Mike Higbee, President of Development Concepts, Inc., of Indianapolis, a development services company that works with private and public sector clients, headed the ULI team of volunteers. He stated, “Each of our experts came to Buffalo with an open mind, eager to listen to the community and local experts during the process of forming the panel’s recommendations to be presented today.”
“The ULI panel, to a person, told us how excited they were to work on this project. They were impressed with the incredible architecture we have in Buffalo and could not have been more enthusiastic about the opportunities available to our community in rehabilitating the Richardson Complex,” said Stanford Lipsey, Chair of the Richardson Center Corporation that is charged with undertaking the project.
Howard Zemsky, vice-chair of the Richardson Center Corporation stated, “The national experts involved with our ULI panel are giving insight and recommendations to our community on this important project. Their expertise will give us a solid platform for moving forward in rehabilitation and ultimately reuse of this historic landmark”.
A final written report will be submitted in a few weeks. Today’s presentation was a summary of the recommendations of the ULI panel.
The board of the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) was appointed in July, 2006 by Governor Pataki to chart the future course of the rehabilitation of the historic former hospital designed by noted American architect H. H. Richardson and grounds designed by noted American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The RCC Board includes Stanford Lipsey, Chairman; Howard Zemsky, Vice Chairman; Paul R. Hojnacki, Treasurer; Clinton E. Brown; Paul F. Ciminelli; Christopher Greene, Esq.; Eva M Hassett; Muriel A. Howard, PhD; Assemblymember Sam Hoyt; and Richard Tobe.
The Urban Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members. Joining panel Chairman Mike Higbee were real estate consultant Paula Konikoff of New York City; architect Christine Saum of Washington DC; historic preservation architect James Kienle of Indianapolis; planner and architect John Crowley of Athens, GA; market and financial analyst Abigail Byers Ferretti of Silver Spring, MD; urban planner Douglas Wrenn of Germantown, MD; landscape architect Ralph Nunez of Michigan, and hospitality expert Charles Johnson IV of Chicago.
Founded in 1936, the Institute now has more than 37,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines.
The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. For more information on ULI visit www.uli.org