Debate on future of 'Bachelor' building

Posted at 9:07 AM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 09:15:06-05

Preservationists are trying to save a 130-year-old apartment building in downtown Buffalo from demolition by pushing for the building’s landmark status.

A public hearing scheduled for Tuesday will discuss the possibility before the Buffalo Common Council for the Bachelor Apartments building at the corner of West Tupper and Franklin streets.

Elliott Development Co. purchased the site for $1.1 million with the plan of tearing it down as part of redevelopment plan.

The Buffalo Preservation Board rejected the request in January, which created a major roadblock for a project that would bring a multilevel parking ramp, office and residential space to the area.

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 hearing will take place Tuesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at the Buffalo Common Council Chambers inside the Buffalo City Hall building.

The Common Council is scheduled to vote on the landmark status designation on March 22.