North Park Library


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North Park Library
North Park Library

Rendering of proposed development
Photo credit: Frits Abell, Jordan Then


2351 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14216


  • Former City Library branch, now closed.
  • Benderson Development purchased the property November 2015 from City of Buffalo for $350.000.
  • Benderson Development has submitted the winning proposal for reuse of the property, subject to Planning Board approval.

Physical Description

  • Brick branch library building. 3,980 sf Gross Floor Area (GFA), with a lot size of 123' x 148.5'.

Current Condition

  • Vacant and boarded.


  • Designed by Howard Beck, built in 1928. Was the North Park branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Now closed and empty.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • Benderson Development is expected to develop this property (Buffalo News story, September 30, 2014).
  • November 2015 - Benderson has acquired the property and announced plans to demolish the library building and build a new building on the parcel.
  • Buffalo News, 2016-01-13: North Buffalo Organization is hosting a community forum on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6pm, at Holy Spirit Church at 85 Dakota St., across from the site. Delaware District Common Councilman Joel Feroleto and Benderson executive James Boglioli will speak, followed by a question-and-answer period.
  • Business First, May 10, 2016 - "Facing stiff opposition from the preservation community and neighborhood groups, Benderson Development Co. has ended its pursuit of building a mixed-use, retail-based project where the now vacant former North Park Library stands. And, as a result, the City of Buffalo is seeking new proposals from the development community for the site at the corner of Delaware and Hertel Avenues. Bids are due back to the Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning by June 27."
  • May 10, 2016 - Update: The Common Council DENIED local landmark designation for this building.
  • January 23, 2017 - The Buffalo News reports the City's Corporation Counsel has ordered the Common Council "to complete a new review of the applications, including a further public hearing, to provide specific facts that constitute a rational basis for the Common Council's decision to either approve or deny landmark status".
  • March 21, 2017 - The Common Council reversed its original decision on landmarking and voted unanimously to landmark the building.
  • July 10, 2017 - Paul McDonnell on Facebook: "We saved it! The North Park Library will be developed by the Italian American heritage organization. Hard work by the Preservation Board and the Campaign for Greater Buffalo in the fight to landmark."
  • Buffalo News, 2017-07-11 - "Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo plans to give it new life by transforming it into an Italian American Cultural Center."

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Added 2014-02-01 • Last changed 2017-07-16