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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > August 2014 > Mayor Brown Kicks Off Statler City Exterior Restoration Project

Mayor Brown Kicks Off Statler City Exterior Restoration Project

Statler RestorationBuffalo, New York – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Statler City Developer and Owner Mark Croce today kicked off the exterior restoration efforts of the iconic Niagara Square landmark. After helping to secure a $5.3 million in state development funds for this major project, Mayor Brown announced that work can now begin to restore the Statler’s historic marquee, store front and terra cotta on the exterior of the building.

“The fencing and sidewalk barriers at Statler City are finally coming down,” said Mayor Brown.  “The exterior restoration of this building is a great investment in Buffalo. By helping to secure these funds, the Statler City Restoration effort can continue the progress and the timing couldn’t be better.  With over $4.4 billion in new economic development activity underway and the anticipation of over 12,000 jobs coming to Buffalo, this project builds on my strategic plan to add 1,300 new housing units downtown by 2019.  We want future job holders to choose to live, work and invest in Buffalo.”

Completed in 1908 and located in the heart of downtown overlooking historic Niagara Square, the Statler was once considered the grand hotel for Buffalo residents.  Developer Mark Croce saved the Statler from demolition in 2011 and immediately began work to stabilize the structure.  The next phase included the interior restoration of the first three floors, including the Golden Ballroom, Terrace Room and Rendezvous Room, which are not open for private and corporate events.

"This next phase is critical and I’m excited to continue the progress as we begin the exterior restoration effort,” said Croce.  “I thank Mayor Brown and Empire State Development for helping us to secure these state development funds.  We can now continue to transform the Statler into a magnet for creating jobs and additional opportunities for all to enjoy.”