The City’s newly formed Heritage Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) has been authorized to create, expand, and maintain a Buffalo City Register of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in Local and American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. Consisting of 4 Council-appointed seats and 1 Councilmember, this Board meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:00 PM at the Council Chambers in City Hall and will be accepting nominations from the public on sites / buildings that they feel meet the criteria for the City Register.
In addition to the keeping of the City Register, the HPAB will also be tasked with City-led initiatives that incorporate Heritage Preservation in a variety of forms- with one such project including the naming of 5 City-owned public parking lots in the downtown. With the HPAB having already received Council and HRA approval for the naming of 3 of the lots, as a formal introduction to the public the HPAB has launched the “Lots To Talk About” campaign to seek the public’s input on the naming of the parking lot across from the Buffalo Cinema and the larger lot right outside of City Hall. With 6 names recommended by the HPAB for the 2 lots, watch for future posts that provide some background history on a recommended name along with a survey to cast your vote.