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Leisure Living Building will Come Down

Another Niagara Street building is about to bite the dust. The Leisure Living building (near West Ferry) was recently purchased by Rich Products. The company is moving forward with a plan to demolish the building, although it is currently unclear what the future of the site holds. Asbestos abatement is underway.

According to some neighbors, the building is highly contaminated, and is actually not worth saving if Rich Products intends to build on the site in the future. This is a significant parcel on the street, and would certainly detract from the growth of the neighborhood if left as a parking lot. Fortunately, those close to the project tell me that Rich Products has good intentions for the longterm productivity of the parcel.

Rich Products would like to build on the site down the road, say those who have had discussions with company decision makers. The company has been vocal about its future intentions to convert some if its surface parking lots into more of a productive built environment… if they can attract the right developer that would understand the company’s need to balance parking, office buildings and future amenities – anything from retail to hotel accommodations.

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Each year, Rich Products hosts visitors from all over the world. It is said that the company would like to create more of a hospitable atmosphere around its campus, but at the same time they acknowledge that they are not developers and are not up to doing it on their own.

The back part of the Leisure Living building will most likely be used for parking for Rich’s employees until a longterm plan to develop is determined.

Some may look at the loss of this building as counterproductive, especially when there is so much forward momentum on the street (new businesses, new infrastructure, etc). But the most unfortunate loss occurred a few years back, when a historically significant four-storey brick building burned down. The building was owned by Leisure Living. Today it is a field.

This demolition project did go before the Preservation Board.

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Photos by Rachacha

Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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