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New Houses in Buffalo – A Look at 2017

There were a number of new houses finished over the course of the year, or started in 2017, in the city of Buffalo. Two prominent new homes are proceeding in construction – one at 657 Lafayette Ave (lead image – designed by architect John Wingfelder), and a handicapped accessible designed home at 101 Depew Ave.

101 Depew Ave

Both had controversial beginnings as preservationists and neighborhood activists challenged the property owners’ plans to tear down existing 100+ year old structures and replace them with what they deemed as, “incompatible or inappropriate” houses that are ill-fitting in historical neighborhoods like the Elmwood Village or Central Park.

Regardless of where you may stand on new houses like these being built in historic neighborhoods, unless neighborhoods like the Elmwood Village, Parkside and Central Park become Local Preservation Districts, the existing built environment of these neighborhoods is at risk.

Other new houses appeared in neighborhoods that had not seen new residential construction in many years. For example, a new house was constructed at 764 Columbus Parkway for a former city councilman.

764 Columbus Parkway

It had been over 45 years since a previous new house had been constructed in the Prospect Hill neighborhood. The City of Buffalo, through the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, built a new house at 174 East St in Black Rock, another neighborhood that hadn’t seen a new house in many years.

174 East St

Forbes Capretto finished two market rate homes this year for clients who had purchased vacant lots. One house is at 20 West Ave on the Lower Westside and the other is at 201 Glenwood Ave in Cold Springs. Joel Giambra and his Buffalo First Realty Group also finished a duplex at the corner of Prospect and Pennsylvania.

20 West Ave
201 Glenwood Ave
Duplex at the corner of Prospect and Pennsylvania

Timothy Mark Sick and Sal Zambito finished their small house on 16th St and are nearing completion of their tall but small house at the corner of Linwood and West Delavan.

151 16th Street
Linwood and West Delavan

In this upcoming year, there are new houses planned for Linwood, Nottingham and Tillinghast. Construction has started on a small infill house at 121 School St and another small infill house is planned for Niagara St in Riverside. Timothy Mark Sick and Sal Zambito have more small houses planned for West Utica St and at the corner of Vermont and Prospect on the Westside this year.

Written by Dr. Rehab

Dr. Rehab

John Straubinger has been an occasional Buffalo Rising contributor since 2007. Born and raised in the city, John lived and worked in Boston, MA in the Research field for over 47 years. Since the early 1990's, he started following what was happening in his home town with a developing interest. Liking more and more of what he was seeing in Buffalo for the last ten years, John decided to return to Buffalo permanently in the fall of 2014. John has an interesting facebook page called Buffalo rehab and Reuse, https://www.facebook.com/groups/929189663802358/. He occasionally contributes articles to BRO as Dr. Rehab.

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