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Council Report for 12.10.13

REQUEST TO INSTALL FENCE RECOMMITTED 

A request made by General Mills to install a chain-link fence in City Right of Way at the foot of Michigan Avenue has been recommitted to Community Development for further discussion on December 17th at 1pm.

2014 CAPITAL BUDGET RECEIVES APPROVAL 

Requiring approval by December 15th of 2013, the Council moved to approve the 2014 Capital Budget, despite last minute efforts to find financing for Downtown Buffalo’s only first-run movie theater, The Market Arcade. “To use capital funds…to buy digital projectors for a building that we essentially don’t own…we couldn’t legally justify it,” Majority Leader Demone A. Smith stated. Ellicott District Councilmember Darius G. Pridgen concluded that the Council would continue to look for ways to aid the Market Arcade moving forward, adding, “Their entertainment is just as important to the City of Buffalo as the Buffalo Zoo or Shea’s,” citing access and affordability among the reasons.

CONTRACT FOR BROADWAY MARKET ASSESSMENT APPROVED 

A contract between the City of Buffalo’s Urban Renewal Agency and Illonois-based firm, Urban Marketing Collaborative has been approved. The contract allots $30,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds for a study to be conducted on the Broadway Market. Fillmore District Councilmember David A. Franczyk hopes the study will address current problems with the market and highlight potential opportunities for future growth. He stated, “The Broadway Market is enjoyed by all and I think the study will allow it to bring joy for years to come. In slightly-related news, the Capital Budget includes funds for a new commercial kitchen at the Market.

ART CONSERVATION CONTRACT 

The Buffalo Arts Commission received permission from the Council to enter into a contract with Williamsville-based ConservArt, for the conservation and preservation of five City of Buffalo paintings and one lithograph. The contract is valued at $26,815.50. 

LICENSE & PERMIT APPROVALS

Upon the recommendation of the Department of Permits & Inspection Services, the Council approved the following license and permit applications:

ELLICOTT DISTRICT – Restricted Use Permit

75 W. Chippewa

Lux Night Club – One-Time Event, Dec. 13th

NORTH DISTRICT

Permit to Use 2282 Niagara Street for Masonry Manufacturing & Storage Warehouses, Add Use of Wooden Canoe & Adirondack Boat Restoration

T. Parmington, Owner

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LOVEJOY DISTRICT

Permit to Use 2222 Genesee Street for a Clothing Store in the Genesee – E. Delevan Special District

A. Ibranim, Owner

APPOINTMENTS

The Council approved the appointment of the following individuals to positions within the following City of Buffalo departments:

Permits & Inspection Services

Building Inspector

Michael Piccolo

SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY

The Council approved transactions relating to the following City owned property:

FILLMORE DISTRICT

– 1168 Broadway Street was sold to Dyngus Day LLC for $76,000.00

– 448 Goodyear Avenue was sold to Ms. Nancy Gravely for $1,400.00.

– 71 & 73 Louisiana Street were sold to Mr. Michael Heidinger for $2,400.00 and $1,400.00, respectively.

– 102 Montgomery Street was sold to Ms. Monica Smith for $1,400.00

– 243 Paderewski Drive was sold to Mr. John Killian for $2,700.00 as part of the Mickiewicz Library Societies’         Neighborhood Clean-Up and Restoration.

LOVEJOY DISTRICT

– 1984 &1986 Bailey Avenue were sold to the Church of Jesus Christ for $1,600 each.

– 64 Hayes Place was sold to Mr. Matthew Gehman of Metal Locking Service, Inc. for future business expansion, for $5,800.00

NORTH DISTRICT

– 89 Guernsey Street was sold to Mr. Moe M. Maung for $2,100.00

UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

– 13 Harriet Avenue was sold to Rev. Ted Howard, of Edison Street Baptist for church parking, for $4,800.00.

For any questions, concerns or for further information regarding the above, please contact your District Council Member, the Common Council Legislative Staff Office, or the respective City Department.

 

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