Following is an email that was sent to Buffalo Councilmembers regarding the plans to demolish The Episcopal Church Home, located in the shadow of the Peace Bridge. The author is a West Side resident by the name of Michael Herbold:
It is totally unacceptable to demolish the The Episcopal Church Home. It is a community landmark worthy of preservation. The process to demolish is driven by the political avarice of the Governor and his cadre of political hacks has been a transparent con. This is clearly a land grab using public dollars to pay off a corporation’s back taxes while paying a inflated price for the property. Flat out misuse of public funds worthy of indictment.
Further, there is a standing court order not to segment the expansion of the Peace Bridge or Plaza. This proposed demolition falls within that rubric. It is illegal on it’s face. There has been no public input or hearings regarding the demolition.
Also, this project will have an adverse environmental impact on the Prospect Hill Neighborhood and the residents beyond for generations to come. More trucks pushed further into our neighborhood. Our community suffers from substandard air quality due to the Peace Bridge without this additional burden.
So, if you participate in this destructive, illegal farce it cannot be caulked up to the historical etiquette of following the lead of a district councilmember. It will be counted as a failure to protect the rights, health and heritage of you fellow citizens in favor of the politically powerful who serve greed.
Please respond with your position regarding this matter.
*Photos of the Episcopal Church Home complex: Mike Puma and WCP | See history on this development