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  • Your pressure worked! On January 28, the City's Preservation Board recommended local landmark status for The Bachelor. It's now in the Common Council's hands. We'll let you know when a hearing is scheduled.
  • Update, May 11,2016: The Common Council accepted the local landmark application for this building and TABLED it, effectively denying it.

Action Talking Points

  • The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has determined that The Bachelor is eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places. (See "History" on the building's page for details).
  • The Bachelor was built in 1886 and is one of the oldest apartment buildings remaining downtown.
  • It was designed by Green & Wicks, the preeminent Buffalo architectural firm, and is one of their earliest remaining buildings.
  • The building's in great shape, is fully occupied and has been continuously used as an apartment building since 1886.
  • It utilizes its corner location well.
  • The proposal is for this building to be replaced by a parking structure. The immediate neighborhood is abundantly supplied with surface parking lots. Destroying an historic building for parking is hugely wasteful and damaging to the city's built environment and local economy.

Action Steps

  1. Attend the Preservation Board meeting on January 28.
  2. Contact Ellicott District Councilmember Darius Pridgen, opposing demolition:
    • Darius Pridgen
    • Council President, Ellicott District Councilmember
    • E: dpridgen@city-buffalo.com
    • P: 716-851-4980
    • M: City Hall Room 1408, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY 14202
    • F: 716-851-6576
    • H: M-F, 830am - 430pm
  3. Contact your Councilmember, because local landmark designations require Council approval. Instructions here: Common Council Contact Page. Alert them to the expected landmark designation and urge them to support it when it comes up for a vote. You can also, of course, contact all the Councilmembers.
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