Demolition of Bethlehem Steel Administration Building Halted

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Demolition of Bethlehem Steel Administration Building Halted

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

(WKBW release) The Campaign for Buffalo – History, Architecture & Culture, Inc. on Thursday filed an Article 78 Proceeding in New York State Supreme Court, which placed a temporary restraining order on the demolition of the historic Bethlehem Steel Administration Building in Lackawanna.

According to a news release:

Their petition maintains that the City of Lackawanna issued a demolition permit to the owner, GATEWAY TRADE CENTER, INC., on December 17, 2012, without performing environmental review as required by the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. The suit contends that the demolition permit is therefore a nullity in that it was issued illegally.

The Campaign is seeking a permanent injunction on the demolition of the building until full compliance with SEQR is demonstrated. A hearing is scheduled before Hon. James H. Dillon for Wednesday, February 27th at 9:30 a.m

Richard Berger, Esq., a local attorney with experience in environmental and preservation law, representing The Campaign, stated, “SEQR mandates all agencies of government to prepare an ‘Environmental Impact Statement on any action they propose or approve which may have a significant effect on the environment.’ Even actions which do not require a full Impact Statement, still require careful environmental review and findings. It appears that none was carried out in this instance. We hope that our filing today will halt the demolition of the Administration Building and lead to its ultimate restoration and reuse.”