BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - What does the future hold for One HSBC Center? HSBC bank and two other tenants are moving out, which will leave Buffalo's tallest building almost empty. Seneca One Realty owns the building and does not want to see it empty, so they brought in the Urban Land Institute to figure out ways to use the building.
The owners of the space have recommended turning the space into luxury apartments, a five-star hotel or office space.
Urban Land Institute Chair Charles Long explained how they would determine their recommendations. Long said, "We need to get more information. We got a briefing last week that has a huge amount of written information, but we'll be touring, we'll be talking to people, we'll be arguing among ourselves about what makes sense and then Thursday morning we're going to deliver some recommendations that are hopefully going to be useful to the community."
Long said a major strength of the area is that there is community leadership. Long said, "The level of leadership the city has provided so far in terms of facilitating private investment, a billion and a half dollars last year, that's pretty extraordinary in a community that is still transitioning from an old economy to a new economy."
Long also said the city's goals for the future are a strength, and the opportunity to use the HSBC tower is also a strength.
The Erie County Sheriff's Bomb Squad, ATF, and the Buffalo Police Department were called to Tioga Street near Fairchild Place in North Buffalo just before midnight Thursday.
Eighty-two-year-old Edward Spencer was making a left hand turn while exiting the Budwey's parking lot when he struck 52-year-old Sandra Garner and 55-year-old Kevin Nowak, according to authorities.
An angry mother who claims her daughter was dropped-off miles away from home wants answers.
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Police say a Jamestown man was selling crack cocaine out of his barber shop on East Second Street.
City Hall is considering turning to taxpayers to help keep the lights on at the only movie theatre in downtown Buffalo.