12/10/2006

Red Tape - Part II

First started keeping track of 125 Woodlawn Avenue years ago when a local contractor lived here. Perfectly nice little house. When he left town three years ago the house was ransacked. Owner is now the City of Buffalo. This past August I wrote about it here - The High Price of Red Tape. Links there to asbestos removal costs. This past week, as the photo shows, the asbestos shingles were removed.
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On this block [quikmap, satellite image]...directly across the street from the 30m renovation of the future home of Performing Arts HS...there are now 14 houses, used to 25 and of the 14 only six are currently occupied. Lots of opportunity for a community garden or school related agricultural project. This is still a perfectly good house and was last lived in three years ago. Great clapboard under the tar paper, foundation appears to be fine and house sits straight.

Just haven't figured out why we are spending close to 20K to demolish it. Would have gone a long way towards restoration. Anyone want to venture why we do things like this. 30m across the street and another 20K to knock this down...Please let me know.

7 comments:

WestCoastPerspective said...

25--->8 occupied homes. The incredible shrinking city.

Too close to Main Street for landbanking in my opinion- we'll likely see Bethel keep building homes as long as they can push them.

fix buffalo said...

wcp...

the number is 25--->6. Just got back from a walk and double checked...

Bethel already owns the vacant house next door...i'll be profiling some of Bethel's holdings here in the 'hood when i return next week...they already have 38 Ada Place, nearby that I featured in this post recently.

gabe said...

What a beautiful home. Simple, yet graceful.

This would be the perfect type of house to base a standard for new single-family vernacular homes in the city off of. These basic proportions are what constitutes healthy "connective tissue" for urban-friendly residential urban fabric.

It's sad to see these go. The never- ending madness of the new "vinyl victortan" construction frenzy defeats any hope of these great old houses being restored to their former glory.

fix buffalo said...

Gabe,

Simple. STOP BUILDING CRAP!

MJ said...

And do something like offering the property for a $1 with matching rehab grants, up to the what the demolition would have cost. The city would now have one less liability and one more on the tax roles for the same price.

All elected officals should have a residency requirement to live on the east side with thier families ubtil they final get off thier asses and do something revolutionary to show an effort restore health to this area.

Wandering through the east side on the way home yesterday watching children walk and play among abandoned houses gives what is happening a much deeper perspective. Simply sitting around saying they are going to go demo happy over the next 10 years, while another 10 years of properties needing demo build up is unacceptable.

Mark Williams said...

Being more unfamiliar with this area than the majority of bloggers; I would have assumed that this particular house was undergoing the very early stages of renovation and not demolition.

Apparently, looks really are deceiving, especially in this case.

Omitting the faux first floor façade from you peripheral vision; this home still reveals its Victorian Styx design, notably in the gable regions of the house.

I wonder, I see three cables on the front, must be one on each side and I will assume two on the back.

Buffalo’s version of The House of the Seven Gables!

Common sense makes me ponder that the $20,000 demolition cost could go toward off-setting the cost of renovation.

STEEL said...

This is a perfect example of a historic house that could be brought up to standards. The false arguments about asbestos removal are a smoke scree to make dmeo easier. So if you have to spend money to safely remove asbestos dfor reno don't you also have to do that for dmeo? ? ? ? When houses like this are lost the entiore city loses.

By the way, what is the state of the Emerson Place row houses seen in the distance? Those were renovated about 20 years ago.