The owner of 145 Kehr Street is seeking to tear down the early 20th Century heritage property. The 20,200 sq.ft. brick masonry structure is owned by George Rogers. Rogers operates Kehr-Buffalo Wire Frame and Rogers Industrial Springs, family-owned and operated companies located at 127 Kehr Street at Urban Street. The building is one of many industrial buildings that were constructed along the beltline rail corridor on the east side including the nearby Wonder Bread bakery complex.
Rogers has owned the property for over 30 years. A decade ago, a fire sprinkler was reportedly set off and damaged the building's floors. The incident doesn't explain the hole in the roof visible from Bing maps (below).
The site is not expected to remain vacant long. Rogers is proposing to erect a one-story metal building on the property. The demolition isn't cheap either. It is costing $100,000 to take down the structure including asbestos removal which is already underway.
The application for demolition of 145 Kehr is one of six demos being reviewed by the Buffalo Preservation Board on Thursday. The Board meets at 3 PM in room 901. Ellicott Development's proposed demolition of the Our Lady of Lourdes convent at 1901 Main Street was withdrawn Tuesday morning.
Photos by David Torke of Fix Buffalo.
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