This is a very good thing. We have plenty of laws with substantial fines that accrue on a daily basis to compel most entities that own deteriorating property to bring their buildings into compliance. Now, Buffalo Common Council President David Franczyk has introduced and sponsored a similar piece of legislation here in Buffalo to do the same thing that Assemblyman Sam Hoyt would like to see done from Montauk to Michigan Avenue.
Franczyk's Resolution #129 "Demolition by Neglect" includes this language:
Whereas: Often these buildings are willfully left to deteriorate so that an unscrupulous property owner justifies having the structure demolished instead of renovating or repairing the structure; and
Whereas: This situation is commonly referred to as "demolition by neglect". Demolition by neglect should be avoided at all costs. Severe penalties should be imposed on any property owner who participates in this practice; and Penalties should be increased for any property that is located within a historic district or for a building that is declared a local, state, or national landmark; and
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Seems to me that if our old laws were properly enforced "demolition by neglect" would be a thing of the past. A few leading preservationists that I have talked to agree! Then again, who is going to bring the City of Buffalo, the CAO of Erie County or the Bishop Kmiec to Housing Court.
And then there is that property in Perrysburg, David Franczyk...who's going to bring that into compliance?