8/11/2009

Row House Demolition

The Woodlawn Row Houses were demolished this morning. Here's a slide show of this morning's demolition and a short video.
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Wreckers showed up late yesterday and beginning at 6:30 this morning crews quickly reduced this local mark to a pile of rubble in less than 90 minutes.
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I spoke with Al Steel from Hannah Demoltion this morning. His company won the $36k emergency demolition contract. He expects the 8-10 trucks loads of debris, headed to a landfill in Chaffee, NY to be removed from the site by late afternoon. Despite the signs, Al told me that there was no asbestos present.
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Buffalo News reporter Jim Heaney's front page story is here. Make sure to check out his post - More of our History goes up in Smoke!
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8 comments:

Ron Shell said...

Dear Mayor Brown,
1.) Fire Brian Higgins' sister's husband
2.) Tell the Division of Real Estate to put up "For Sale" signs on unused City owned properties
3.) Sell the properties
4.) If unsold after 90 days, auction them off
Sincerely yours,
Ron Shell

Library Diva said...

I want to extend my condolences to you, David, and to thank you for all your efforts on behalf of this property. From what you did on your blog to the hands-on cutting grass and cleaning trash, you did everything you could for it. I'm sorry it still came to naught, but you've showed that everyone who lives here needs to keep fighting for this city.

Alex Fries said...

What a shame! Just look at that foundation!! I wonder if our grandchildren will think the same way about the houses we are building now...

BfloHighRise said...

They should have put Mayor Brown in the back of one of those dump trucks and hauled him away too!

Aggregate Supplier British Columbia said...

Love the dump truck. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

WHY NOT TRY TO FIX UP SOME OF THE HOUSES AND GIVE THEM TO PEOPLE THAT RENT HOMES THAT ARE THERE IN ONE HOME FOR YEARS THEY TAKE CARE OF THERE RENTED PROPERTY BUT DONT HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY A HOUSE THEN THE CITY COULD GET TAXES FOR THAT HOUSE AND SAVE ON HAVING IT TORN DOWN WE THE CITY ARE LOSING TAX MONEY PLUS WHAT IT COST TO TEAR IT DOWN JUST GIVE TO THOSE WHO DESIRVE THEM WE STILL GET TAXES NOTHING LOST I BELIEVE I AM ONE THAT RENTS AND I LOVE MY HOME MORE THAN MY LANDLORD DOES WAT A SHAME

Anonymous said...

WHY NOT TRY TO FIX UP SOME OF THE HOUSES AND GIVE THEM TO PEOPLE THAT RENT HOMES THAT ARE THERE IN ONE HOME FOR YEARS THEY TAKE CARE OF THERE RENTED PROPERTY BUT DONT HAVE THE MONEY TO BUY A HOUSE THEN THE CITY COULD GET TAXES FOR THAT HOUSE AND SAVE ON HAVING IT TORN DOWN WE THE CITY ARE LOSING TAX MONEY PLUS WHAT IT COST TO TEAR IT DOWN JUST GIVE TO THOSE WHO DESIRVE THEM WE STILL GET TAXES NOTHING LOST I BELIEVE I AM ONE THAT RENTS AND I LOVE MY HOME MORE THAN MY LANDLORD DOES WAT A SHAME

Select Materials said...

The great thing about timber frame houses it that they come down so quick, not to mention the fact that most of the house demolition can be recycled.
That being said it is a sad day when a loved property meets it's end whether you own it or not. There is a lot of opposition to the demolition of these tpyes of houses but the fact remains that they are to expensive to maintain , and all houses have a shelf life.