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Lawmakers demand answers after owner of collapsed building did not attend Common Council meeting

Posted at 5:49 PM, Dec 17, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — After a partial building collapse at 435 Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo earlier this month, authorities ordered an emergency demolition.

This past August, the structure partially collapsed, and Council President Darius Pridgen wanted to know why the owners did nothing to make repairs.

The property owners, Buffalo Properties LTD, were asked to appear before the Common Council Tuesday afternoon. But they did not show up for the meeting and neither did their lawyer.

This made Pridgen pretty upset, as he said he wants the owner to explain just what happened that caused that building to collapse. He he also said he wanted an update on the status of the other properties they own, which are also in poor condition.

Pridgen said the owners are allegedly looking to sell the properties, however a new owner cannot explain just what happened to the building at 435 Ellicott.

"We're going to reach back out. Somebody needs to come before this council, their attorney, their secretary, their building engineer, somebody needs to come before this council and explain to the citizens of the city of Buffalo what actually occurred," said Pridgen.

Pridgen's office is now drafting another resolution that would demand the owners of Buffalo Properties LTD appear before the Buffalo Common Council to answer why their properties are in such poor condition.

According to records, Buffalo Properties LTD owns six properties here, and they're located downstate in Nyack, New York.

The council does have subpoena power, but at this point Pridgen said they will send another letter to appear at the next committee meeting.