A fire and “gangs” have doomed a North Buffalo church. Owner Korean United Methodist Church is seeking to demolish the circa-1926 structure located at the southeast corner of Tacoma and Colvin avenues. A three-alarm arson fire in April appears to have sealed the building’s fate. It has been vacant for several years.
From the Buffalo Preservation Board agenda:
DEMOLITION: After many years standing vacant, deteriorated and rife with mold, decay and structural failures, compounded by illicit occupation by territorial gangs & their related vandalism, the sanctuary portion of the structure was destroyed by a three alarm fire in April of this year. The fire, & the efforts to combat it, destroyed a portion of the roof, all of the interior including the windows, as well as adjacent sections of the educational wing of the building.
Application received 11/26/2012.
(Thomas Clemow to appear @ 12/13/2012 03:00 PM 901 City Hall)
The Preservation Board meets at 3 PM Thursday in City Hall Room 901.