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Preserving historic homes, Allentown Association calls for oversight of city housing court

Posted: 6:26 PM, Oct 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-07 18:26:12-04
Preserving historic homes, Allentown Association calls for oversight of city housing court

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Allentown Association is calling for there to be an oversight committee for the Buffalo Housing Court. A request the Association is bringing to Tuesday's Buffalo Common Council meeting following frustration with the housing court, said Ryan Seeley, the Interim Executive Director of the Allentown Association.

"This particualr property that we're in front of we've been advocating for over 5 years," Seeley said.

He said the home on North Street home was just one example of a historic home being neglected that the association wants preserved. He said properties likee it have been in and out of court, and the court continues to drag its feet.

"The unsatisfactory progress and lack of resolution on this led us to start an inquiry into this and that's how we discovered that there is no advisory council and there should be," Seeley said.

That's why the association is calling for an oversight committee for the housing court, citing a 1978 housing law that says and advisory council shall be established. The Court District Executive says it'd be "very challenging to create an advisory council today" because the decades old law has technicalities that would first need to be changed with legislation.

Seeley hopes Tuesday's meeting with the Common Council is the first step in helping preserve Buffalo's rich history.

"Buffalo is known for its architecture and its history and we have many beautiful historic properties," Seeley said.