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The Buffalo Preservation Board has recommended against demolishing two buildings on West Delavan Avenue to make way for new structures.

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The Buffalo Preservation Board on Thursday voted to recommend to the Common Council that the old and historic Concrete Central Elevator be designated as a landmark. The board also talked about making more visible the process for designating what everyone thought were landmarks as official city landmarks.

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Buffalo's Common Council is moving closer to making the Michigan Street Baptist Church and what is now I-Prep at Grover Cleveland High School official landmarks, not just landmarks in their neighborhood and in history.

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There probably has never been a Common Council Legislation Committee meeting like the one Tuesday. A paper work problem turned into an all-out verbal battle over creating a Broadway-Fillmore Historic District.

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The Buffalo Preservation Board gave the go-ahead Thursday for electric lights and signs on the outside of the Market Arcade Cinema. That came as work rushes toward completion of $9 million in renovations to re-open the movie complex closed in June of 2014.

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Buffalo's Common Council wants some changes in the way buildings and neighborhoods in the city are landmarked.

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When the new Public Safety Building opens in downtown Buffalo, there will be a colorful concrete sculpture in front, with colors to represent police, fire and the historic use of the Michael J. Dillon Building as a courthouse.

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One of Buffalo's toniest addresses, Mayfair Lane, is in the midst of a civil war. The Common Council has been called in to settle the fight.

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It is a common topic of conversation, to say some building is a landmark. That may be, but many are not legally landmarks. That is why the Buffalo Preservation Board has a special subcommittee looking to change that.

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A historic district designation in the Broadway-Fillmore community took another stop forward Thursday, as the Buffalo Preservation Board recommended the Common Council approve creating the district.

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For centuries, religious buildings have been centers of neighborhoods and landmarks in those neighborhoods, providing services beyond prayer. That shows in plans before the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday.

Church of the Ascension

Conversion of a landmark church at North Street and Linwood Avenue in Buffalo to affordable housing for seniors moved closer Tuesday, as the Common Council approved the plan and sent it to Albany and Washington for final approvals.

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The debate continues over the future of Ascension Church, the landmark Linwood Avenue structure which the Episcopal Diocese wants to turn into senior housing. Common Council members on Tuesday heard disparate viewpoints on the $7 million proposal.

Preservation Board allows for Rumsey Road demolition

Nov 27, 2017
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Often the subject of controversy, home demolitions in the city of Buffalo have been common occurrences in recent years. Now, a demolition recently approved by the Preservation Board is drawing attention. It's taking place on Rumsey Road, home to some of Buffalo's finest houses.


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The fight over converting historic Ascension Church at Linwood Avenue and North Street into senior housing turned into something of a confrontation between Buffalo's Preservation Board and its Planning Board during Monday's Planning Board meeting.

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One of Buffalo's most noted row of buildings is getting some rehab. On Thursday Buffalo's Preservation Board approved work on what was Manny's Supper Club at Delaware and Virginia, first in Allentown's MidWay.

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The city Preservation Board on Thursday unanimously rejected demolition permits for the buildings at Elmwood and Forest to make way for the Chason Affinity project. That refusal, however, may not put an end to the proposed development.


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In an often angry discussion Thursday, the Buffalo Preservation Board denied a proposal to pave over much of the lawn of the historic American Red Cross mansion at Delaware Avenue and Summer Street to allow for more commercial development in the building.

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There's another fight brewing over a decaying Buffalo building. While it may be one of the oldest surviving structures in the city, the building currently features boarded up windows.


A Delaware Avenue building described by an architect as the eyesore of Mansion Row is getting a new life and some significant visual updating.


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An offshoot of the fight over Ciminelli Real Estate's shrinking plan for developments around Elmwood and Bidwell spilled over into some shouting and screaming during Thursday's Preservation Board meeting.

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Planners for the reuse of the historic and decrepit Trico plant on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will come back to the Preservation Board with more details on demolition and construction. The board tabled the plan Thursday, saying there were just too many unsettled details.


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City lawmakers will be asked to approve an important step towards saving a 127-year-old East Side church this week. The Buffalo Preservation Board is seeking landmark status for St. Ann's Catholic Church.

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The fate of the Trico complex in downtown Buffalo is up to the Common Council after the city's Preservation Board voted Thursday to make it a local landmark.

Local preservationists are attempting to save a North Buffalo church that is designated for demolition.

The United Methodist Church on Colvin Avenue was burned by an arson fire in April, leaving the structure in a dangerous state. The Preservation Board is attempting to get landmark status for the church.

A hearing on that decision is planned for January.