Richardson Center Corporation Executive Director Monica Pellegrino Faix Departs as Plans Progress for further redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Campus
Monday, August 14, 2017
BUFFALO, NY—Today, the Richardson Center Corporation announced a change in leadership as long-time Executive Director Monica Pellegrino Faix will depart this fall after 10 years of dedicated service.
As Executive Director, Pellegrino Faix has been key to the transformation of the abandoned former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, a 500,000-square-foot, 13-building National Historic Landmark, into the revitalized Richardson Olmsted Campus. In her role, Pellegrino Faix has been responsible for directing the nonprofit organization’s development and implementation of the Master Plan for the Richardson – one of the largest historic preservation projects in the country. She has deftly stewarded the project, liaising between the Richardson board of directors, State, County, and City officials, various consultants, the media, and the general public.
Pellegrino Faix is embarking on an adventure and will live in Alaska with her husband for a time. They plan to return to Western New York. After her departure, Monica will continue to assist with the Richardson Olmsted Campus project on a limited basis.
“Of all the amazing things about this project, it is the people I treasure the most,” said Monica Pellegrino Faix. “It is a stellar board, and together with the passion of the community, the Richardson reuse has a great start. I will always be thankful I had an opportunity to work for the board and WNY greats Stan Lipsey and Howard Zemsky, and have a hand in the transformation of the Richardson Olmsted Campus.”
Richardson Center Corporation Board President Paul Hojnacki said, “Monica has been an invaluable part of the Richardson project for the last decade and we are so grateful for her contributions to this organization. She will be greatly missed by staff, Board, and the community, but we wish her well as the Richardson project moves forward to launch the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center and begin the next redevelopment project. ”
Barbara Campagna, President of the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center Board, commented, “The board of the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center truly appreciates the support of Richardson Center Executive Director Monica Pellegrino Faix, and wishes her well in her exciting new endeavors.”
The Richardson Olmsted Campus currently houses the Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center, 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry – a public restaurant – and will include the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center, named in honor of the project’s founder and former chairman, Stanford Lipsey, that will open in 2018.
Nearly one-third of the National Historic Landmark and its grounds have been restored to date. However, 350,000 square feet of buildings and dozens of acres still remain to be saved and redeveloped. Identifying development projects for the remaining 10 buildings is a high priority for the nonprofit Richardson Center Corporation, charged with finding and implementing economically sustainable uses for the historic site.
Potential future development of the Richardson Olmsted Campus will respond to the needs of the community and market opportunities offered by the site and by the surrounding neighborhood. Future use is intended to include a mix of uses, including – but not limited to – an expansion of Hotel Henry and a variety of residential, commercial, retail, cultural, educational, and office units.
Top of mind are the community priorities identified in the Master Planning process for the Richardson Olmsted Campus redevelopment: quality of life, public accessibility, historic rehabilitation, and economic development, as the organization continues its $10 million capital campaign.
As the Richardson continues to reassess future uses, community involvement continues to be valued and an informational update meeting will be held with the public on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
In addition to her work on the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Pellegrino Faix is a trustee of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, and board director on the USA Niagara Development Corporation board.