If the rain holds off for long enough periods today, volunteers will be able to get to work on fixing up the oldest house in South Buffalo. To think that such a beautiful house could fall into such disrepair! Just looking at the historic photo, and then fast forwarding to a recent snapshot, there doesn’t appear to be anything further to destroy when it comes to the original appearance of the structure. What a shame.
In recent weeks, WNY AmeriCorps and the South Buffalo Neighborhood Accountability Board have been taking steps to fix up the house in preparation for its new tenants. The plan is to convert the house into a South Buffalo Heritage Center while providing housing for AmeriCorps volunteers. Today the groups will be joined by Mickey Kearns, David Franczyk, Mark Lazzara (CEO of AmeriCorps) and CityCorps (an organization sponsored by the three) along with fifty volunteers to paint the house. At the same time, plans will be announced regarding the future of the property and its continued restoration efforts. It will be interesting to see just how drastic the improvements will be, or whether the effort will be more of a cosmetic one. The house is located at 49 Buffum Street.