Plans for a two-tiered deck and addition on the rear of Cobblestone Bar and Grill at the corner of South Park Avenue and Mississippi Street were tabled by the Buffalo Preservation Board last week. The masonry addition and metal patio structure were given a “chilly” reception by the Board. The property at 130 South Park Avenue is located in the Cobblestone Historic District that was established in 1993.
Property owner Darryl Carr is proposing a $850,000 expansion that would include a 1,170 sq.ft. addition at the northwest corner of the site along with a two-level deck structure. The masonry addition would be covered in sandstone-colored concrete reinforced stone panels with grey concrete banding accents according to plans prepared by architect James Fittante. The deck would feature black metal railings and black structural steel columns. Five parking spaces would be tucked under the second floor patio deck and accessed via a rear alleyway. A new aluminum store front vestibule is proposed along Mississippi Street.
Carr owns the vacant blacksmith shop at 110 South Park Avenue and surrounding properties at the corner of Illinois and South Park. He unsuccessfully tried to the 19th-Century buildings demolished in 2011 and was ordered to stabilize the buildings and correct code violations.
Violations at the time included open and broken windows, significantly degraded and missing brick causing water damage, a deteriorated roof, and a rat/rodent problem. Carr’s other buildings along Illinois Street are also in disrepair including missing foundation stones, a partial collapse of one of the walls , damaged roofs, water damaged bricks and open/broken windows. The properties remain vacant.