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One Last Look?

The Bethlehem North office building still stands as of this writing.  By the time this story posts the demolition machines may be pulverizing the elegant building.  Some call it an eyesore.  The concerned citizens who packed last night’s Lackawanna City Hall council meeting would beg to differ.  They were there to ask that the City of Lackawanna take a closer look and really know what is being destroyed before it irreparably sends a wonderful piece of civic heritage and art to the garbage dump.  
FaceBook friend Bill Maecker took these pictures to help you understand what they are saying.  The pictures focus on the incredible copper and terra cotta detail that embellishes much of the building.  I wonder if the Lackawanna Mayor has ever seen these details (Hint – you could send them to him).  Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he was too excited at the prospect of a new warehouse on this site to take note of these gorgeous details.  Yes I said warehouse. Apparently Gateway Trade Center Inc. does have plans for the land under the building as documented in this letter.  
I guess the land is not too polluted for reuse after all. If the warehouse is a foregone conclusion wouldn’t it be nice if they at least document the building and save a few of these amazing pieces of art for inclusion in a local gallery or public lobby someplace? 
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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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