Press Release re: Demolition Historic Busti Avenue Properties
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The contiguous properties, comprising half of a city block in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood, were demolished by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Authority) to make way for an expanded truck plaza and Duty Free Shop at the adjacent International Peace Bridge crossing. The demolition of the homes began Saturday morning after United States Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy lifted a temporary restraining order that was previously granted to the residents in the adjacent neighborhood last June. The neighbor’s lawsuit argued that the Authority had to abide by the state environmental review laws as well as disclose their future plans for the now vacant site. The Authority has refused to do either.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara is extremely disturbed by the actions of the Authority. The Saturday morning demolition as well as the lack of concern for the surrounding neighborhood is incredibly reminiscent of the destructive Urban Renewal policies of the 1960s and 1970s. The Authority had severely neglected the properties since taking ownership of them in the 1990s. The Authority had ignored countless requests by the neighbors to maintain the homes that had been in violation of the City of Buffalo’s Building Code for decades. Ultimately, the Authority cited their own neglectful maintenance of these community landmarks as motivation to demolish them.
Regrettably, the Authority continues to neglect their obligation to work with the residents of the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood. The Authority has disregarded the community’s valid concerns of air quality issues related to the diesel truck exhaust that migrates into the neighborhood adjacent to the Peace Bridge. If the Authority moves forward with the expansion of its truck plaza as planned, even greater amounts of diesel truck exhaust will plague the residents of the entire West Side. Preservation Buffalo Niagara would like to call on everyone who is concerned about the Authority’s actions to voice their opposition to the expanded truck plaza and Duty Free Shop at the cost of our collective health and history. Please take a moment to sign this petition that will be forwarded to the Buffalo Common Council asking for their support to push for transparency of the Authority as well as it’s expansion plans.
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