6 Reasons Why 2022 Will Be Buffalo’s Best Yet

By Visit Buffalo Niagara

Published on | Last Updated

The year ahead promises to be a blockbuster for Buffalo.

Our decade-long transformation will culminate this year with the completion of several signature projects rooted in the adaptive reuse of our architecture, expansion of our thriving arts scene, and addition of new parks, hotels and restaurants.

Explore all the projects in the pipeline for the year ahead, and try not to get excited about what’s to come in our ever-evolving city. We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon in Buffalo!

Rendering by the Buffalo AKG

1.  Once-in-a-Lifetime Expansion

Buffalo’s premier cultural institution, the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, will complete its first expansion in more than 60 years this fall. The 30,000 square foot expansion, designed by OMA’s Shohei Shhigematsu, will allow the Buffalo AKG to showcase more of its world-renowned contemporary art collection. Sneak a Peek.

Buffalo Statler, circa 1924

2.  New and Renovated Hotels

Developer Douglas Jemal is single-handedly transforming Buffalo’s hotel and real estate landscape. Jemal is converting the century-old, long-shuttered Buffalo Statler, the crown jewel of Ellsworth Statler’s hotel chain, into a 183-room property; renovating the 400 room Hyatt Regency downtown; and has his sights set on redeveloping the Richardson Olmsted Campus, a former psychiatric hospital designed by H.H. Richardson, into a hotel, apartments and brewery; and repurposing the Art Deco Mahoney State Office Building into a 70-room hotel.  Learn More

Rendering by Generation Development Group

3.  New Life For Old Silos

One of the world’s largest collection of grain silos along Buffalo’s waterfront will transform into a community of  hundreds of apartments, offices, retail and gallery space in 2022. Generation Development is breathing new life into Silo City, a former hub of the American grain industry that has recently evolved into an unexpected home for theater, music and spoken word performance. See the Silos

4.  Legendary Club Enters Next Chapter

A nearly century-old jazz club that once hosted legends like Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane will expand in 2022. The historic Colored Musicians Club, one of the last venues of its kind left in the United States, will embark on a $2 million expansion that will add classroom and event space and ensure this cultural landmark will endure in Buffalo for generations to come. Tune in.

Rendering of Centennial Park by MVVA

5.  Groundbreaking for Signature Park

Visitors will soon explore a new signature park along Buffalo’s waterfront thanks to one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever made in Buffalo’s history. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, named after the late Buffalo Bills owner whose foundation donated $50 million for its creation, will break ground in the spring of 2022 to create a world-class public space along the Lake Erie shoreline. Take a Look

6. Discover the Great Wright Road Trip

Take a great American road trip in 2022 across Western New York and Western Pennsylvania to discover some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest work. The new Great Wright Road Trip connects nine Wright sites, including the recently restored Martin House Complex and Graycliff in Buffalo and Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob in Western Pennsylvania, creating a journey through miles of scenic countryside, bountiful vineyards, roadside farm stands, and regional Americana. Hit the Road.

Visit Buffalo Niagara headshot

Visit Buffalo Niagara

Visit Buffalo Niagara gives you the insider’s perspective on our surprising city -- Buffalo, New York. Ask us for recommendations about family friendly activities, art, architecture, history, theater, nightlife, sports, dining and more in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls area.