There may be hope for 110 and 118 South Park Avenue after all. The Buffalo Common Council voted to approve the findings and determination statement supporting eminent domain* for properties on Tuesday, March 7.
Not only is this welcome news for these at-risk structures, the measure also demonstrates that the City can actually move the needle when it comes to desperate demolition-by-neglect circumstances. For years, we have watched buildings crumble under the weight of apathy, greed, and deceit.
The acquisition of the properties will relieve blight, enhance economic development, and eliminate the safety hazard posed by these buildings.
Now, for Common Council to decide that the compromised Cobblestone buildings were indeed neglected by their owner (aka Subject Properties, specifically Darryl Carr), while putting the health and safety of residents at-risk… it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
The Common Council noted that by acquiring the properties, it would ultimately serve the public interest by restoring and preserving the historic and cultural significance of these properties for future generations.
“The structures at 110-118 South Park are a blight on the Cobblestone Historic District that are impairing the area’s potential for economic growth. Acquiring these properties is both the right thing to do, and necessary to preserve this district. There is a substantial public benefit to this procedure,” said Fillmore District Council Member Mitchell P. Nowkowski.
The City’s pursuit of eminent domain is based on the Short Environmental Assessment Form (SEAF), supporting documentation from the Department of Permits and Inspections, Office of Strategic Planning and in accordance with New York State Eminent Domain Procedure Law.
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