It is sentencing day tomorrow. Darryl Carr plead guilty in March to seven of nine building code violations at a property he owns at 110 South Park Avenue in the Cobblestone Historic District. In February, Housing Court Judge Patrick M. Carney told Carr’s attorney that Carr “needs to get off the pot.” Judge Carney also said the building “needs to be sealed until Mr. Carr figures out what he’s going to do with it. What he’s going to do with it is either fix it or get rid of it.” After pleading guilty, the Judge stated mothballing was supposed to be completed by March 19.
The judge’s patience is about to be tested. No work has occurred. The building remains unrepaired and open to the elements and promised redevelopment plans have not been submitted to the Planning Board. At the March court hearing, Carr provided stamped architectural drawings and said restoration of the corner building at 110 South Park Avenue was forthcoming. He was also supposed to submit an application to the Preservation Board for selective demolition of the small structure along Illinois Street. Carr was also asked to show evidence of financing for redevelopment. It remains to be seen if he can wave a check at the judge tomorrow at 9:30.
110 South Park originally housed Muggeridge’s Steam Bakery which made hardtack for the Union army during the civil war. It is one of the most iconic and most historically significant structures in the Cobblestone Historic District which was established in 1993 by the Buffalo Preservation Board.
It is past time for Carr or the City or the Court to swing a hammer.