Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – Large pieces of the Cathedral Park Tower on Franklin Street fell to the street and sidewalk below early Friday morning. City Engineers said a huge piece of the building came down.
City engineers tell us as dangerous as this was, it could have been much worse. This is a well-traveled roadway, and the collapse happened at probably the best time, around 1 a.m. when there is little or no traffic on the sidewalk or street.
Nobody was hurt in this case, but there are questions about the stability of the building, so portions of Franklin Street are shut down between West Swan and West Seneca Streets.
This is not the first time parts of a building in downtown Buffalo collapsed. Over the past few years, pieces of the iconic Statler began to crumble, forcing the city to close the sidewalks surrounding the building. That building is now undergoing renovations.
The Cathedral Park Tower is the home to many offices. A Board of Directors oversees the maintenance, and will be facing tough questions from the City’s Engineer Department.