Darryl Carr, back from a disappointing trip to Philadelphia, is due in court tomorrow, May 4, hoping to obtain the green light to demo the blacksmith shop at 110-120 South Park Avenue in the Cobblestone Historic District. Judge Michael L. D'Amico will consider Carr's appeal of a City decision that forbid him from demolishing the 19th Century buildings.
D'Amico is expected to issue a decision in court on Wednesday or later in writing based on the day's proceedings and previously submitted material. Three outcomes are possible:
If D'Amico says it cannot be demolished, the City returns to pushing for violation corrections in Housing Court. The Court will give him some time to complete repairs and/or mothball the buildings. If there is work done they will continue to grant extensions. If not, the City will request fines and impose a judgment;
D'Amico determines it can be demolished and the owner can apply for a demo permit on Wednesday. The demolition permit would be referred to the Preservation Board for review. If denied, Carr could appeal the decision to the City Council;
Carr can attempt to obtain an Emergency Demolition order from the City and take the buildings down immediately.
The public is invited to attend at 9:30, Erie County Court, 25 Delaware Avenue, Part 7, first floor.