I called the Department of Inspections at City Hall and learned that the last property inspection and Housing Court case was finalized prior to Bethel's purchase, seven years ago.
fixBuffalo readers may remember Rev. Stenhouse's prior Housing Court history involving four houses Bethel owned that were in derelict condition and adjacent to one of Buffalo's most exciting school reconstruction projects - Performing Arts High School. They were eventually demolished pursuant to a settlement with Housing Court, six months after the school reopened. See - Boarding Control and Rev. Stenhouse Steps Down.
A number of calls to Bethel inquiring about the plans for 38 Ada Place haven't been returned. While recent successes on Coe Place demonstrate that a market exists for the renovation of smaller single family houses in Buffalo, 'demolition by neglect' seems to be in order for 38 Ada Place.
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