Ada Place is a unique Queen Anne lined one block Street on the City's East Side (google map). It is the sister to Coe Place in Midtown. Ada Place is exactly what it sounds like - an authentic place - something that is increasingly rare in this age of mass commodification and replication. It is a place that can not be replaced.
38 Ada Place - Owner: Bethel CDC/Rev. Stenhouse
Rev. Stenhouse's organization Bethel Community Development Corporation purchased 38 Ada Place in 2002. Three years ago I included a post about 38 Ada Place in a six part series about a failed neighborhood housing plan. Rev. Stenhouse wanted to be part of that plan. 38 Ada Place looked like this in March 2009.
Rev. Stenhouse was invited to Housing Court for his failure to properly maintain a string of houses across the street from his Bethel AME Church, near the corner of East Ferry and Michigan and directly across the street from one of the City's newest school renovations - Performing Arts. He later resigned from the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority when he plead guilty in Buffalo's Housing Court in 2007. He'd been appointed by Governor Pataki to be the Control Board's Secretary and Treasurer in 2004.
What happened to that failed neighborhood housing plan? It's dead. Rev. Stenhouse and his now defunct Jeremiah Partnership are defendants in a Federal "Pay-to-Play" lawsuit. Here's a copy of that lawsuit filed on behalf of a Cleveland Ohio based developer NRP Group in June 2011. According to public records the Jeremiah Partnership failed to file the required 990's for three consecutive years. The IRS has revoked its exempt status.
Calls to Bethel CDC and Rev. Stenhouse were not returned this week. The future of 38 Ada Place remains uncertain.