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Aud Demolition Update

Drive South down Pearl Street, and you’ll arrive at a a pile of debris pouring out of the former facade of Memorial Auditorium.  It’s sad to see the building in this state, but it’s necessary for the progress of the Harbor. 

In order to bring the building down, the crew needs to bore a hole through the front of the building, which will clear a pathway for the heavy equipment that will eventually remove the 21 trusses that support the Auditorium.  Once inside, the equipment will wreck its way into the basement, through what was once the floor under NHL ice, in order to reach the support beams from the bottom up.  The trusses will be demolished starting at the corner that faces HSBC Arena and out towards the Harbor.  The process will take several months.

According to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s Communications Director Matt Davison, “We’re on schedule.  In fact, we more than on schedule.”  Davison fully expects to reach the project goal of bringing down the Audiorium by mid-May, and have the space clear by June. 

aud.jpgIn keeping with an agreement made with the City of Buffalo, Davison says that the city has chosen and is storing architecturally significant pieces of the building for use in a monument that will pay tribute to our famous Auditorium.

If you would like to witness the progress of the demolition, the ECHDC recently introduced the “Harbor Cam,” a megapixel camera accessible through www.eriecanalharbor.com.  The Harbor Cam features photography from high above the site, and includes video.  Simply log onto their website and click on “Harbor Cam.” 

Photos: ECB

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RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum.

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