Push To Save Historic Chapel

May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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May 17, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Assemblyman Sean Ryan made a push to save the historic Hutchinson Chapel on the city's west side directly across from the Peace Bridge on Busti Avenue.

"This church is in disrepair and has been left vacant because of a dispute between the Peace Bridge Authority and the Episcopal Church and Associates, the owner of the church," Ryan said.

Although the two entities have agreed it will be part of the long term Peace Bridge Plaza development plan in the works, Ryan said something must to be done immediately.

"I have written to the Peace Bridge Authority and the Episcopal Church Home to suggest they put money into a stabilization fund that will be used to board up the building make it weather proof, and make it usable for future development purposes," Ryan said.

Ryan said it's not only about the historic church, but also the development of the surrounding area. He said the area has been in a poor state for more then a decade as plans for the peace bridge failed to go through.

"The plan for the new bridge is off the table. There is no longer a plan to demolish 200 houses...but those 200 houses that had been targeted for demolition have been subject to disinvestment," Ryan said.

Now, he said it is up to the Peace Bridge Authority and the Episcopal Church Home to come together to make this historic landmark last until it can become part of the bigger bridge plan years down the road.