2/04/2007

News from Dodge Street?

So what's up with the German Roman Catholic Orphan Home down on Dodge Street? Was checking things out Thursday afternoon - site is still wide open - and had early Friday morning meet-up with fixBuffalo reader. Was presented with the CAO's plan for 60 new builds - 1 and 2 family houses - community center and the use of the two existing dormitories as corporate head quarters. This sketch represents the current thinking for the site...
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Here, the x's represent some of the new builds and a new community center will be located on the right hand side of the site. The slash marks represent parking...

Compare the sketch with this existing site map. You'll quickly notice tons of demolition. The orientation of this sketch and the map are the same with Northampton Street on the top and Dodge Street on the bottom. Word is that Silvestri Architects is doing the work. Nothing yet on the CAO's website about this development.

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2 comments:

Stevan said...

Wow, that looks like a horrible plan! They are just going to plop a bunch of houses in the middle of a parking lot. Wow, looks like a great place to live! Gee, haven't we learned from the mistakes of the past, i.e. the housing projects of the 1950's? This looks very similar to that drek!

fix buffalo said...

Steven,

Plan will require tax credits and PresBo approval on the demolition of existing structures. Lots of hurdles...

Big question of course is why do we need more houses?