$20 million Grand Island welcome center touts WNY attractions, products

A Thruway welcome center estimated to cost $20 million is trying to show there’s more for visitors to do in Western New York than drive to Niagara Falls, take a selfie and leave.

The large, prairie-style building constructed along the Niagara Thruway on Grand Island is meant to draw drivers off the highway and introduce them to the history, attractions and food of the area. The regional welcome center, located off Whitehaven Road, had a soft opening Monday and hosted a steady trickle of visitors Tuesday morning.

“I said I’ve got to go check it out because I saw it being built every day,” said Jeanne Green, a retired public health nurse who lives on the island. “It’s beautiful, it’s gorgeous — it’s such a different building.”

The Buffalo News

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