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West End of Genesee Block Demolished

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.

DSC_0148b.JPGCurrent 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.

4836850414_c4902f064e_b.jpgAbove image by David Torke @ Fix Buffalo.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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