Willert Park

Thomas O'Neil-White/WBFO News

Two local preservations organizations are calling on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to halt its plan to tear down the first public housing complex specifically for African Americans in the city, and one of the first in the state. 

Emyle Watkins

In between William Street and Broadway on Buffalo’s East Side, nestled among recently built housing units sits a ghost town. Broken glass, ripped out electrical boxes and debris litter the walkways leading up to the boarded up, red brick, three story housing units of Willert Park Court.

Joe Cascio

Though the units at Willert Park Courts have been vacant for a decade, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is taking steps which could restore the 1938 housing project. It's been placed among  the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States." According to Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Trust has placed over 300 sites on the list in 32 years. Only five percent of the sites have been lost.

Carimina Woods Morris, DPC

The thousands of vacant lots on Buffalo's East Side are slowly starting to fill up, with large developments geared to the neighborhoods and the needs.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 22-years-to-life in prison for the beating and sexual assault on a local woman walking home in Willert Park.