Published by fixBuffalo
on 2/01/2012 at 11:45 AM.
One of the most targeted and comprehensive demolition blitzes was unveiled by City Hall over the weekend. 57 buildings, mostly East Side City-owned residences are now scheduled for the landfill. Here's the map.
With demolition costs hovering around $18, 000/house a number of housing advocates have expressed concern and dismay over this allocation of federal funds. One long time observer sent me the following yesterday. "These funds could be re-allocated and used to establish a renovation or revolving loan fund for interested individuals. How many homes did the City renovate last year? How many were demolished? Instead, politically connected demolition contractors continue to do what they do best. Sad."
Last November the City's Division of Real Estate asked the Preservation Board for their approval to demolish 24 City-owned houses. A number of these have since been identified as rehab candidates. To my knowledge community advocates haven't had an opportunity or taken a second-look at this new million dollar list. The Buffalo News broke the news over the weekend and carried .pdf links to the targeted properties. Broadway Fillmore Alive posted about the City's latest demolition plan in Demolishing Polonia and Preservation Ready Sites a new Buffalo based facebook group is collecting part of the commentary.
Update: February 6th
- The two West Side properties that have been contracted for demolition - 298 15th Street
and 373 14th Street
(images after those links) - appear to be in good condition and are located a few short blocks away from two of the Cities most progressive examples of neighborhood reinvestment: The Extreme Makeover House and PUSH Buffalo's projects. Both blocks are experiencing a high level of private investment.