BUFFALO (WKBW) It is a story you saw first on Eyewitness News, the battle to bring history back to one street on Buffalo's West Side. Now after three months, residents get a happy ending.
"I think each of us kind of feels a little bit like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. You click your heels three times and sometimes dreams come true," Ardmore Place resident Renee Wiedemer said.
And it is now a dream realized for many residents on Ardmore Place, a small one block street behind Lafayette High School.
Back in July the street was scheduled to be repaved, but as crews worked to remove the old pavement, they found a hundred year old brick street underneath.
Residents petitioned the city and along with preservationists, fought to keep their new old street. Now after months of work, removing all the asphalt, adjusting the sewers, and fixing a handful of bricks their street is finally complete.
"And we kept waiting and waiting and waiting and hoping and hoping and hoping, and finally everything just came together in the last week," Wiedemer added.
A small get together of neighbors was held on Saturday to celebrate the completion of this month-long journey to bring back the history to Ardmore Place, something these neighbors hope will last another hundred years and more.
"We look out and 'wow.' Every time I'm still so surprised and I think everyone is so excited about it. We are still just so thrilled," Wiedemer said through a smile.