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Capital Improvements to Marcy Casino
Contact: Peter Cutler
Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Commissioner Steve Stepniak of the Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets and representatives of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, announced a $415,000 capital improvement project for the Delaware Park Marcy Casino that comes from funds allocated through the city’s 2008 Capital Budget.
“The Marcy Casino represents an important connection between current social activities occurring throughout the year at this great Delaware Park facility and the rich history of the Olmsted/Vaux imprint on Buffalo’s overall parks system,” said Mayor Brown. “These capital budget monies, drawn from the city’s 2008 Capital Budget, will help make significant improvements to the structure of the Marcy Casino and ensure that it will continue to serve as a great social venue for all city residents, as well as non-city residents, who enjoy Delaware Park.”
The scheduled repair work for the Marcy Casino includes: the replacement of the boat storage area north wall with windows, mandoors and a sectional overhead door; the restoration of stone masonry along the south patio retaining wall; drainage improvements to prevent further wall deteriorations of the Casino; slab replacements at the east entrance of the Casino and repairs to the stone walls flanking it; repairs to the north Casino stairway; and improved draining at the lower plaza level.
And as important as these capital budget funds are to this great public facility in Delaware Park, Mayor Brown highlighted the current inaction of a five-member majority of the Common Council on the 2009 Capital Budget that threatens further improvements for the Marcy Casino and other critically important capital improvement projects across the city.
The $18.5 million 2009 capital budget includes an additional $202,000 for the Marcy Casino, $2 million for the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Park wading pool, $642,000 for urgently needed electrical system upgrades at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, $150,000 for capital improvements at the Cazenovia Park Casino, $85,000 for improvement to the LaSalle Park Centennial Pool and Shelter House, $53,500 for Riverside Park lighting and field improvements, $53,500 for roof and structural repairs at the Johnny B. Wiley Sports Complex, over $1.7 million for scheduled road and streetscape improvements on Niagara Street, Fargo Avenue (by D’Youville College) Humboldt Parkway, South Park Avenue, Fillmore Avenue and Seneca Street and over $500,000 in emergency repairs to all city parks.
“Because five members of the Common Council have not moved the capital budget process forward these funds for these and other very important projects covered in the $18.5 million 2009 Capital budget – which was recommended to me by the Citizens Planning Council – are in jeopardy,” said Mayor Brown. “I announced the city’s 2009 Capital Budget on October 31st and, due to the obstruction of five Common Council members, the Council has failed to move this process forward. This indefensible inaction threatens all of these projects, which will benefit all residents of our city.”
The city’s capital budget process is mandated in the City Charter, including the review and recommendation of citywide capital improvement projects by the Citizens Planning Commission. In its October 7, 2008 letter to Mayor Brown, the CPC stated that it chose recommending priorities for funding based on the impact on “…health and safety, prior year commitments, annual commitments, and the availability of state and federal and other matching funds.”
Tribal Construction/Consultation, LLC will be awarded the contract next week to perform the capital improvements to the Marcy Casino. The company was awarded the contract for the work following a public bid process that was advertised on January 22nd.
Following a fire in 1900, the former boathouse on the site of the current Marcy Casino was rebuilt in 1901 with a design by noted Buffalo architect E.B. Green. The Green-designed three-story building was known as the Delaware Park Casino. Following a total renovation in 1961 that “removed” any trace of Green’s design, the building was “restored” in 1990 to better reflect the original influences of Olmsted, Vaux and Green. The building was renamed the Marcy Casino in honor of former Delaware District Councilman William L. Marcy, Jr.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios