Other residential properties I've profiled in the immediate neighborhood can be found here and recently here.
Come on over and take a look...or e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a neighborhood tour. Price? A slice of brick oven pizza at the Delta Sonic Cafe!
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construction gate is now properly secured and locked...thanks!
Twenty-four hours later, it hasn't. These pictures were all taken around 6:30pm today, Friday June 30th. No one was present at the site. Neighbors are concerned as they are forced to walk in the street around the construction fencing that's currently blocking the sidewalk on Northampton. Keep in mind that Northampton is about the most travelled side street in Midtown by drivers and pedestrians as the 14209 Post Office is 100 feet away at the corner. Lots of neighborhood residents walk to the Delta Sonic Deli store, too!
btw...remember this from last summer, over on Jefferson Avenue!
I think this is a first for Buffalo. I mean shouldn't the flag pole go in front of the building?
Read more about Belmont's plans for the neighborhood!
I've placed the full inventory of these 1500 properties on a "social spreadsheet" that you can view, search and share as you would any other website.
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The recent discussion of "shaming" individual owners of derelict properties did not address the difficulty learning WHO owns the property, especially if a government agency is involved.
Recently PUSH Buffalo exposed the fact that the City several years ago 'flipped' about 1,500 tax foreclosed properties to NYS-MBBA & its agent JER.
Incredibly, there is no public information about where those 1,499 properties are, because they are all still listed on the City web site under the names of the foreclosed owners, who no longer have any control over the properties...depressing reading about 100's of worthless properties, 80% of which need demolition according to PUSH leader Eric Walker, especially in the Fillmore District.
I'd pay to see the interview, especially if Dick Kern was sitting down with Mark Odien across the table from Mr. HUD.
Michele, consider a sequel. Screwed, could easily star our Council President and someone from HUD.
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Rev. Stenhouse from Bethel AME and the Jeremiah Partnership along with über good guy Michael Clarke from LISC are two of the prime movers for this project.
Merriweather Library at the same time.
Well this congregation has come along way. The new sign is in place, corner stone is installed and the finishing touches on the church's new entrance are about complete.
The most influential minister in the neighborhood, Rev. Richard Stenhouse, from the Bethel AME Church, Michigan & Ferry, is also on Buffalo's Control Board. In March, the following article appeared in the Buffalo News about Rev. Stenhouse - Getting it Done in Masten! Rev. Stenhouse has also planned a new set of row houses for Michigan Ave across the street from the new tennis courts (YES) and the church's Michigan Avenue entrance. Personally, I think the design should be alligned with the other row houses here in Masten and incorporate a Mansard roof instead of the pitched roof that's planned.
Is this sort of resurfacing happening all over the City?
Donn Esmonde said it best in this column over the weekend.THANK YOU WALDEMAR: Just when Buffalo seems down and out, bereft of friends and losing population, the life of Waldemar Kaminski emerges on the front page. A humble butcher, he lived modestly over his East Side store. But he had a secret, he was a wizard behind that curtain of quiet who invested successfully in the stock market and gave his money away. A few who knew of his generosity came forward after his death Wednesday, detailing the millions of dollars he gave to help children with cancer, the poor, the disabled and the orphaned. This is Buffalo, a city with heart, with strong values borne of hard work. We know there are other WaldemarKaminskis in our city, because this place is filled with good people, caring people.
It was the best story I could never write.
Four years ago, the elderly owner of a small deli/grocery on the East Side was beaten and robbed. Female thieves bashed Waldemar "Walt"Kaminski's head with a can of V-8 juice from the grocery shelf and made off with cartons of cigarettes. It was not the first time he had been attacked.
I visited the deli soon after. I met a tough, stubborn piece of the past who stayed in the old neighborhood even as it changed around him. He stood bent, but not broken, dre ssed in a flannel shirt and wearing a blue cap. Behind thick glasses, his eyes were alive.
- March 26, 2003 A Gittere Street woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Sept. 21 robbery of an elderly convenience store owner on Broadway. Vokira U. Small, 19, was charged with first-degree robbery. She is accused of attacking Waldemar Kaminski, 85, in his Kaminski Foods store at 1315 Broadway. Police said Small and two other women beat Kaminski in the face with several cans before making off with several packs of cigarettes. It was the eighth time the store had been robbed in two years. Kaminski suffered severe scalp lacerations as well as bruising and swelling around his eyes, head and face.
- May 20, 2002 -- A 19-year-old man arrested Sunday a block from Kaminski's Deli on Broadway shortly after it was robbed of $30 at gunpoint. Owner Waldemar Kaminski, 84, said a man entered the deli, asked for a turkey and baloney sandwich, then pointed a gun at him and demanded, "Give me the money." Police said Carl Funderburk of Ashley Street allegedly left the store with about $30 and was stopped at Broadway and Milburn Street. The young man carrying a BB pistol and crack cocaine in his jacket pockets, was charged with felony robbery, felony use of a firearm, possession of stolen property and illegal drugs.
Chicago based architect, David Steele, has an excellent and thought provoking post over at BRO, that's worth checking out about re-connecting the street pattern that made Buffalo such a unique City. Here's the link.
Make sure to check out the growing list of comments in David's post Pay particular attention to "Doktor K" and "L"..."L's" critique of the urban landscape is simultaneously realistic and quite visionary.
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Here's the first of many photographs that will regularly document the reconstruction and progress of Performing Arts High School's permanent home. I also hope to do a series of interviews with School Board Members, LPCiminelli and CannonDesign people involved in the project. I'll also seek out teachers, parents, students and various people from the alumni community and present their comments regarding the significance of this project.
June 26, 2006 - Day 1
When I returned home this evening I walked aroung the site and took these photos...
A few points made my Peter Linneman and Albert Saiz of The Wharton School just leap off the page....
- ...the best way to predict a county's population growth is to look at how much it grew in the past decade. (p.5)
- The age distribution of the population in another predictor of future growth, that is, very young and very old populations tend to grow more slowly. (p. 7)
- A high degree of taxation may make a county less attractive to taxpayers and entrepreneurs. (p.8)
- If we run our analysis with politics as the only variable, we find that Republican dominated counties (based upon presidential and senatorial data from the early 1980's) do tend to grow faster. (p.8)
- Briefly put, Americans are rapidly leaving cold, damp and snowy areas for sunnier and drier climates. (p. 9)
- Since declining cities such as New Orleans, Detroit and Buffalo have massive and valuable housing stocks, reduced housing demand translated into lower housing prices, and made these cities a bit less unattractive. (p. 9)
Here's that list (p.12). Herkimer, Cayuga, Chatauqua, Erie, Schoharie, Livingston, Chemung, Niagara, Wayne, Onondaga, Genesee and Broome. (New York State Counties Red v. Blue via CNN) These "red" counties have smaller populations, are mostly rural and lack significant population centers.
If anyone has the numbers on people leaving New York State...let me know.
Thanks to doktork, (no relation) a commenter at BRO for the link...1894 Maps of Buffalo. Look, "The Belmont Bunker" is missing from the map!
90 Dodge Street was the scene of recent devestating fire. Please join area residents who are calling for the immediate demolition of this fire ravaged house. Call Ellicott Council Member Brian Davis and help get this property inspected and into Judge Nowak's Housing Court. Brian Davis can be reached at 851-4200.
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My own block used to have twenty houses on it 10 years ago. Now there are 14. Three years ago, 10 of them were occupied. Two years ago, seven and today just four of the fourteen are really occupied. (One, is boarded, but there are people living there.) I'm equally fascinated by the fact that many people I meet on Elmwood at the Cafes, seem to confuse the Elmwood buzz and cool pulse, with Buffalo. Let's think Black Rock, Seneca Street and the geographically largest portion of Buffalo, the East Side. I love the buzz and pulse of Elmwood like the next person yet...seems to be increasingly like the deck of the Titanic...
What to do? This past week's Buffalo News story - Population Drain from WNY is Speading Up - about Buffalo, NY's population loss hit home in a big way. I'm tempted to have one of my geek friends design a java-based reverse counter that I could place on this blog - since your last visit 14 people have left Buffalo - ...showing how many people are leaving Buffalo every day. Doing the math from the article, I quickly calculated that 7 people/day are leaving the Queen City.
In fact, the estimates are on target with arecent study by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania,which projected the population in Buffalo Niagara region would drop bymore than 65,000 people between 2000 and 2020.Jay Rey, the Buffalo News reporter, just e-mailed me the study he mentioned in the article. Here's the link (.pdf file) to a study conducted by Peter Linneman and Albert Saiz of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvannia. The first 15 pages carry the arguement about Buffalo's population loss. The table on page 12 is a killer. Here, there are four other up-state New York counties that will experience more population loss in the next 14 years than Buffalo, NY.
I started this thread over at Cyburbia, looking for some analysis of this study.
Remember Jay Rey's other story The Incredible Shrinking City - January 2, 2005
This one hits home the hardest: Our brain drain. We watch as our friends and sons and daughters -- the region's future, our smartest and brightest, our growth potential -- move away for better opportunities in other parts of the country. What's left is a region aging in place and growing old fast. This region has one of the highest percentages of senior citizens in the nation, up there with retirement meccas likeAs I recall that article in the Buffalo News spawned RevitalizeBuffalo. Haven't heard much from them recently. The first link on their blog roll goes to former UB professor Alex Halavais, who bounced to NYC a few months ago. Alex (the former Dean of the Buffalo Blogosphere) considers his time in Buffalo to have been a mistake. Read it right here! And UB's School of Informatics is sub-standard. See the 40 comments in that post. RevitalizeBuffalo does have a nice piece about Anderson Cooper and the Atkins Diet. Oh well...Jenn does a great job with this UB program's post-mortem, too.
and Sarasota . West Palm Beach
btw...The beacon of civility, Ithaca NY in Tompkins County, is saved. Thank god. But 12 of New York State's other counties make the list of 50 counties across the nation that will experience the largest population loss.
Rather contentious Preservation Board meeting this afternoon. Many board members were rather upset with Belmont Shelter's position regarding the "highest and best use" of the Ward House as landfill especially when a local architect, who just purchased three houses on Coe Place - and btw, has a great reputation with two recent rehabs in Allentown - took the floor. If need be, he's prepared to go forward with the Ward House, too! If there are any other qualified individuals willing to invest in this Coe Place property, please let me know.
John Laping, Preservation Board President, wisely called for a Public Hearing. Lou Petrucci, Byron Brown's top Housing Official, informed the board. "Clearly, Coe Place is now on the local radar screen..." This is a good thing...as decisions impacting Midtown neighborhoods will be under closer scrutiny.
How ironic. Local architect and moi, take the metro to Summer Street Station and attend our first Coe Place Block Club Meeting - yes at Belmont Shelter. Chris Hawley's Midtown: Poised for Renaissance was being waved around and after introducing myself to a number of Coe Place residents, I volunteered Chris - an Ellicott Street resident had already wanted to invite Tim Tielman - to present various aspects of his planning document at the next Coe Place Block Club Meeting.
Residents echoed our sentiment that the "highest and best use" of the Ward House is re-hab. Yet walking past the house this afternoon, seems like Belmont is cleaning the lot and readying the place for demo...
And by all means, venture over to Coe Place and walk the neighborhood. Brick-oven pizza awaits those who venture into the Delta Sonic Cafe!
btw....yes, I'm still collecting letters of support, from ex-pats reading this blog in Charlotte, and keep the pressure on. Write and call Belmont board members, see Part I ....(send copies to me....)
In October, at the City of Buffalo Property Tax Auction, Belmont Shelter, a 501(c)3, purchased 19 Coe Place. Research indicates that 19 Coe Place is eligible for historic preservation. It is now properly called, the Hamilton Ward House. Chris Hawley has completed extensive research about the property and is also the primary author of a City planning document - Midtown: Poised for Renaissance. He presents a clear and compelling case for the need to preserve the existing homes on Coe Place, including the Hamilton Ward House. Chris writes:
Coe Place is the most historically and urbanistically significant street in the Midtown neighborhood. At one time a brick pedestrian pathway, converted to a residential street by a quixotic nineteenth-century skating rink operator, Coe Place is a charming, very narrow street, originally no more than fifteen feet wide, lined with a collection of close-knit Queen Anne-style houses whose singular attributes are unmatched anywhere else in Buffalo. Read the rest...
Coe Place has the potential to be one of the first streets east on Main to be rediscovered and restored by middle income owner-occupants. Its intimate charm derives from its modest, Queen Anne and vernacular frame houses on small lots on a gentle hill, built right up to the right-of-way, a sociable urban design reminiscent of the slopes, cottages, and narrow lanes of the Chautauqua Institution. Expanding existing parking lots, which offer no amenity to the neighborhood, would undermine the fledgling residential redevelopment. - Cynthia Van Ness
Application to Demolish: 19 Coe Place: Owner (Belmont Shelter)
proposes to demolish to grade a 2.5 story frame dwelling, grade/seed lot
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I've been living on Coe Place for more than two years now. This is a neighborhood, a community. We know each other here by name and by habits. We speak to each other directly, both in agreement and in dispute. I can not work in the yard without having a series of friendly conversations with neighbors and passers by. Coe Place has that connection and feeling that is one key goal of living in modern built space. At the same time, Coe Place has the sweet flavor of Buffalo's history. What we have here is rare, precious- something that can not be recreated. We need to do more than preserve a few tattered shreds. We all need this place, and other places like it, as living examples of what is possible. - Roy Cunningham
- Elizabeth Huckabone - 96 Doncaster Kenmore, NY 14217 - President
- Jeffery Nowacki - 4633 Deerfield Road Hamburg, NY 14053
- Bruce C. Baird - 331 Lincoln Parkway Buffalo, NY 14216
- Mike D. Riegel - 178 Schimwood Court Getzville, NY 14068 - Treasurer/Exec. VP
- Kathy 0'Brien - 80 Lein Road West Seneca, NY 14224 - Vice President/Director
- Rodney Richardson - 688 Crescent Avenue Buffalo, NY 14216
- Glendora Johnson - 1195 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14209
- Evelyn Pizzaro - 97 Ava Lane Williamsville, NY 14221
- Christopher Jacobs - 1195 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14209 (Chris is New York State's Secretary of State)
Hamilton Ward House is for sale. At least one local business man, with an impressive track record of renovation in Buffalo has been thwarted every step of the way in his attempts to negotiate, save and rehab the Hamilton Ward House. A local architect, who is beginning the rehab of three Coe Place properties and also has an impressive track record in the rehabilitation of historic Buffalo homes, fails to see the City's logic, along with the rest of us, in not marketing the vacant property and the Hamiltion Ward House to residents and owners interested in preserving the unique character of Coe Place.
Belmont Shelter - 884-7791
The People's Guide to Rochester has been sending traffic my way from here. And another Rochester site, Industrialsomething.org, is waving the FixBuffalo flag in this post called Fix Rochester...
So, a bunch of us here in Rochester have been doing our part to bring some joie de vivre to the city as a being. Not just front-page giant-project ‘Revitalization‘ but more. We want that Grass-Roots “We Give A Shit Thank You” attitude that means people are going to get phone calls, bitching will be done, and new creative solutions will come about by people doing things, rather than waiting on some government office, planning committee, or development corp. to do it.
Things like Ant Hill Cooperative, and RocWiki, and Toxic Rochester are a start, but I always get jealous of our wacky western neighbor Buffalo, because they have things like Fix Buffalo, and Buffalo Rising. There is not much to envy about the situation the City of Buffalo is in, but envy their attitude, an attiude that Rochester is slowly starting to catch.
An Albany, NY Deacon in the Polish National Catholic Church has a blog, Deacon's Blog. He's been following some of the stories I've written about Bishop Kmiec's Journey to Avoid Housing Court. I've been getting dozens of hits these two posts he's written. Is it Something about Transfiguration and R.C. Diocese Restructuring.
Like Buffalo, and so many other R.C. Diocese in the United States, Albany is engaging in the businesslike process of evaluating assets and liabilities, cash flow, and infrastructure in light of its overall business model and customer base. Read the rest...
This project is billed as the crowning jewell of the One Billion Dollar Joint Schools Reconstruction Project. Nothing in the local blogosphere about the single largest construction project to hit Buffalo, NY since the Erie Canal!
After the meeting recent Buffalo State College urban planning graduate Stevan Stipanovich and City of Buffalo architect Paul McDonald and I had the opportunity to survey the street scene from Main/Ferry to Jefferson Avenue. I've created two related data bases to help us identify a number of properties that need to be brought into code compliance. The first data base - Along Ferry Street - will soon have photographs associated with each of the 74 properties from Main to Jefferson. The second data base - Cold Springs' Dirty Dozen - will soon provide a direct link to ownership/photos and Housing Court Records for the properties that need to be demolished in a two block area around the future home of Performing Arts. Here parents, neighbors and activists all around Buffalo will see what has to be done in order to help make this project a real success .
Nothing yet on the Cannon Design website for the project. Ditto, LP Ciminelli.