The Preservation League of New York State this month is honoring developer Rocco Termini’s Hotel @ The Lafayette project with its Excellence in Historic Preservation award.

The statewide awards program is designed to recognize notable achievements in preserving, promoting and reusing the state’s “irreplaceable architectural heritage,” according to a press release.

“This project has transformed a landmark building in downtown Buffalo from a neglected shadow of its former self to a bustling hub of residential, commercial and hospitality activity,” said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League.

Besides Termini’s Signature Development Buffalo, the League also credited architect Carmina Wood Morris P.C., room for home, R&P Oak Hill Development LLC, Northeast Mechanical, Frey Electric and H&M Plumbing, all of Buffalo, and Schenne & Associates of East Aurora. The group also cited state and federal historic tax credits as a contributing factor.

The Buffalo News is also being honored as “an outstanding publication,” singling out editorial writer Dawn Marie Bracely and Publisher Emeritus Stanford Lipsey.