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Fire House Engine No. 2 / Hook & Ladder No. 9

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Fire House Engine No. 2 / Hook & Ladder No. 9, 1908. Click for better image.
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Photo credit: Vintage Buffalo NY via Janice Jezewski Dale Rossi, Buffalo Rising

Location

310 Jersey Street, Buffalo, NY 14201
Also known as 306 Jersey Street
SBL: 99.76-1-6
Niagara Council District
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Owner

PROJECT X HOLDINGS LLC per City of Buffalo Property Information
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database

Physical Description

Three story 12,400sq.ft. brick Second Empire-styled fire house, on a corner parcel

Current Condition

Minus alterations to the doors, it looks fairly original.

History

  • December 14, 1875 - Grand opening of Fire House Engine No. 2 / Hook & Ladder No. 9, built on land donated to the city by William G. Fargo.
    • Designed by Cyrus K. Porter and George Watkins
    • (Buffalo News)Constructed in 1875, the L shaped brick building features a mansard roof in the Second Empire style of architecture, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. A hook-and-ladder bay was added in 1897, and the 12,300-squarefoot building was rebuilt in 1917 after suffering severe damage from a fire.
  • 1890s - Expanded by architectural firm Eckel and Ackerman. Expansion emulated its original design.
  • 1997 - It was home to Engine House No. 2 and Hook and Ladder No. 9 until it was decommissioned in 1997.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • October 2014: Jim Fink of Business First reports: "Steven Weiss, partner in Cannon Heyman & Weiss, confirmed that he and his partners bought the former Engine Hose No. 2/Hook & Ladder No. 9 firehouse at 310 Jersey St. According to documents filed in the Erie County Clerk’s office, Weiss’ group, 310 Jersey Street LLC, paid $325,000 for the three-story, 14,000-square-foot building, buying it from Ted Constantine III."
    • According to Buffalo Rising, the group plans to convert the 'upper floors into 11-12 apartments, while creating a restaurant space on the first floor.'
  • August 2015 - Steve Weiss confirmed that his firm is no longer looking to move into the building, and are looking to partner with a business that could use retail space in the building.
  • 2016 - Neighborhood was placed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Fargo Estate Historic District
  • February 2017 - An investment group named Project X Holdings LLC purchased the property for $435,000 from 310 JERSEY STREET LLC
  • February 2018 - Project X Holdings wants an adaptive reuse permit to operate a brewery/restaurant and outdoor dining patio in a 2R zoning district. Anne Dafchik is the architect/agent representing the group. Area block clubs are organizing opposition. Buffalo Rising

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Located in the Fargo Estate Historic District

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Added 2014-06-16 • Last changed 2018-03-22