• ADM/Great Northern silos-Buffalo

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by eolesen
 
What does ADM ultimately want to do with the property? Selling is only an option if there's another property commensurate with their objectives, and I'd guess there isn't anything else on the canal for sale.

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  by videobruce
 
If this was on a separate piece of property, away from their active operations, it might be a different story. No idea what they would have planned for the space this occupies, but I still content it's nothing but a liability for everyone involved including traffic on Ganson St. if another wall would collapse. The only fast use for the land would be additional room for trailer parking or storage.

And I rarely take the side of corporations..........
  by nessman
 
It's a structure engineered and built for a single purpose - transloading grain to/from ship and train. Redeveloping it would cost untold millions. Making it a museum would have staggering preservation, restoration and operating costs - not to mention the liability.

Plus as a museum, who's the target demographic and market? Too niche for widespread appeal to attract enough people who's admission fees would sustain the operation. Just not practical.

The time to save it was decades ago - but even then, it's owners were trying to get it demolished because of structural issues.