Proposed Acquisition of 110 South Park and 118 South Park Avenue
A public hearing was held on January 10, 2023, at 5:00 PM in Buffalo Council Chambers Common Council Chambers by the City of Buffalo. The public hearing was held to inform the public and review the public use to be served and potential environmental impact of the proposed acquisition of 110 South Park and 118 South Park Avenue in the Cobblestone Historic District.
This public hearing is part of the review of the public use to be served and potential environmental impact of the acquisition of 110 and 118 South Park Avenue through eminent domain.
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Historically associated with Buffalo’s commercial and industrial heritage and located on the southern edge of the city’s Central Business District along the Buffalo River, is a collection of the last surviving waterfront industrial and commercial district with buildings illustrating construction techniques and architectural styles from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth century.
110 South Park Avenue and 118 South Park Avenue are within the Cobblestone District. 110 South Park Avenue was built in 1852 as a bakery and is one of the few pre-civil war era buildings near the foot of Main Street, the current owner is Darryl J. Carr. 118 South Park Avenue was built in 1869 as the Brown & McCutcheon Brass Foundry, the current owner is Darryl J. Carr and Park Avenue Estates LLC.
What Is Eminent Domain?
Eminent domain refers to the process by which the government may seize private property with proper compensation, but without the owner's consent.
Why 110 and 118 South Park?
The owners of the Properties have failed to properly maintain 110 and 118 South Park Avenue, in spite of over a decade long ongoing effort of the City of Buffalo Department of Permit & Inspection Services and others.
The deterioration of the Properties constitutes a health, welfare, and safety hazard for citizens of the City of Buffalo, neighboring businesses, visitors wishing to take advantage of the entertainment within the Cobblestone District.
In light of the long-standing and ongoing failure of the owners to address the condition of the properties, the City of Buffalo seeks to take the proactive step to protect the public, eliminate the blight, preserve the historical integrity, and enhance the potential for economic development of the Cobblestone District.
Adopted on September 20, 2022
Adopted on December 13, 2022