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Wrecking Buffalo: Carr’s Buildings on Fire

In the same week we lost the landmark Old Pink in Allentown by fire, an historic complex in the Cobblestone District is on fire.  City fire crews are on the scene of a fire at 110 and 118 South Park Avenue, the historic Blacksmith Shop complex.  The rear portions of the complex are engulfed and firefighters are reporting the fire has now spread to the roof of the four-story portion of the complex at South Park and Illinois Street.

The inept City has been pushing (and begging) owner Darryl Carr to repair the properties for more than a decade. Despite these efforts, the buildings have continued to deteriorate causing health, welfare and safety issues for the area residents and visitors.

Efforts to acquire the buildings through eminent domain was started earlier this year. Much too late.

The properties are the most iconic and most historically significant structures remaining in the Cobblestone Historic District which was established in 1993 by the Buffalo Preservation Board and certified by the Secretary of the Interior as meeting the federal standards for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. 110 South Park originally housed Muggeridge’s Steam Bakery which made hardtack for the Union army during the civil war. As late as the mid-nineties, 118 South Park was home to Rudnicki’s blacksmith shop.

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