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Agreement reached with property owner after partial roof collapse & emergency demolition

Posted at 4:33 PM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-29 10:40:29-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mayor Byron Brown announced that Frank Chinnici of Legacy Development now owns eight parcels of land and four buildings in Buffalo as a result of an agreement with previous owner, Bruce Adler of Buffalo Properties Ltd., after one of the properties partially collapsed, and needed to be demolished.

Several of the properties have building code violations.

"Their condition is deplorable, they've been allowed to deteriorate for many years, and we hope to be able to correct that," said Chinnici. "The biggest problem that we have had in trying to come to a final arrangement was to deal with these on-going code violations that were obvious the minute we stepped foot on the properties."

Chinnici agreed to address any building code issues at the properties. Adler has agreed to pay $105,000 to the demolition contractor to cover the cost of the emergency demolition.

"I only wish that he maybe would have put that money into the building while it was standing," said Susan Adamucci, who owns Two Wheels Bakery and Cafe. It was situated on the first floor of 435 Ellicott. Fortunately neither she nor her employees were inside the building when the roof collapsed.

"I went from being a thriving, growing business to being a business that struggled to operate" she said.

Adamucci sid the business will continue to bake and sell baked goods, operating out of 1006 Grant Street, but will not serve as a cafe like they did at their Ellicott Street location.

Mayor Byron Brown said he directed the Law Department and Department of Permits and Inspection Services to provide technical assistance to Adamucci to file a claim to recoup the equipment she lost in the collapse.