Downtown has a newly prepared “shovel-ready” site, not that there was much left to begin with. The remnants of two 19th century buildings were removed over the weekend at the corner of Genesee and Ellicott streets. 85 Genesee was an ornate four-story building that collapsed during a 2002 windstorm when then owner Triangle Development was attempting to stabilize the structure. All that remained was the cast iron of the first floor facade. 91 Genesee was a three-story brick shell. The properties are on the western end of the Genesee Block.
Current owner Genesee Gateway LLC, which purchased the properties in September 2008, reportedly was attempting to shore up the structures over the weekend when they became unsafe necessitating their removal. Calls to the owner were not returned. Crews have been on site in recent days carefully removing the remaining brick wall abutting Eddie Brady’s.
The developer is currently finishing renovations to the Genesee Gateway project at the other end of the block. Redevelopment of 85 and 91 Genesee Street has been considered Phase II of the Genesee Gateway project though specific reuse plans were never disclosed.
See Steel’s previous story on 85 Genesee Street with ‘before’ picture.
Above image by David Torke @ Fix Buffalo.