Old building saved - future project now doubtful

Posted at 7:25 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 10:29:23-05

A 130-year-old apartment building at the corner of West Tupper and Franklin Streets in Buffalo has been saved from demolition, at least temporarily, thanks to action by the Buffalo Preservation Board.

The board rejected a request from Carl Paladino and his Ellicott Development Company.

However, the board's action is now threatening to kill a proposed $40 million mixed-use development project that was tentatively scheduled to begin construction in April.

"It does not work on this site layout without that space that is taken up by the existing building at the corner," said Tom Fox, director of development for Ellicott Development.

When built in 1886, the 12-unit apartment in question was Buffalo's first apartment marketed only to single men and was named the "Bachelor."

The "Bachelor" now becomes a major roadblock for a project that would bring a multilevel parking ramp, hotel, office and residential space to the area near the Buffalo theater district.

City officials say the demolition is only delayed as the process continues with possible intervention by the Buffalo Common Council.

Reporter Ed Reilly takes a closer look at the controversy.




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