Ellicott Development is seeking to demo the Our Lady of Lourdes convent at 1091 Main Street. Ellicott's 9274 Group Inc. bought the convent, school and adjoining parking lot in July 2009 for $370,000. In April, the company bought the vacant circa-1898 church at 1115 Main Street for $40,000.
The demolition proposal will be discussed by the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday afternoon at 3 PM, City Hall room 901. It is not known why the company owned by Carl Paladino wants to tear down the rectory. After purchasing the site, company officials told The Buffalo News it "plans to develop the property for other uses" and "is working with a couple of possible occupants for the school."
The two-story rectory and three-story school total just under 30,000 sq.ft. on a .63 acre lot at the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
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UPDATE: The demolition application was withdrawn Tuesday morning. The Preservation Board will hold a public hearing Darryl Carr's applications to tear down both 110 and 118 South Park Avenue.