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Court to Consider Blacksmith Shop Demo Tomorrow

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.


Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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