Central Terminal site ideal for Bills stadium
Colin Dabkowski’s fine May 10 News article about the “tour-de-neglect” bicycle tour of parts of the East Side of Buffalo is well worth reflection. Years of disinvestment and declining population have left plenty of open spaces and abandoned homes in the area, especially around the beloved Central Terminal.
For years, good people have tried to restore the Central Terminal. Perhaps this is the moment. Recently, Rep. Brian Higgins stated that the Bills’ new stadium should be in Buffalo. Talk about placing it near the waterfront is foolish. Imagine paving over wetlands for stadium parking lots, while we worry about the condition of the Great Lakes in general and Lake Erie in particular.
The area around the Central Terminal could potentially hold the footprint of a new stadium and parking, and is largely open space or abandoned property. Imagine the train concourse and tower being part of the new stadium design. Think First Niagara Center. Imagine trains bringing people to the stadium. Broadway could electronically be one way in before the game and one way out after the game. There are also expressways nearby.
Finally, a substantial investment would occur in the East Side. Unemployed people might get jobs with the Bills and walk to work. People in homes that might have to be removed could be offered new homes in the neighborhood rather than money.
It would be nice if the new owners of the Bills knew the community was excited, and focused on one creative site and plan for the new stadium. The Bills should be in Buffalo and the Central Terminal site should be considered for their new home.