2866 Main Street


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March 2019, click for larger image

DEMOLISHED June 1, 2019

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2866 Main Street
Photo credit: PRS

2866 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14214


Physical Description

  • 2 1/2 story Victorian-style dwelling house.
  • Lot size 50 x 175.

Current Condition

  • Appears to be vacant.


  • Built for Elam Jewett’s widow, founder of Parkside, who Jewett Ave is named for, second owner an Erie County supervisor, third owner a prominent doctor, fourth owner an early example of adaptive reuse as a senior citizens home. Meets about four local landmark criteria. (C. Lincoln)

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • DEMOLISHED June 1, 2019.
  • Acquired by BENLIC on January 25, 2019.
  • Adjacent property, 2866 Main Street, was acquired at the same time.
  • The Land Bank has applied for a demolition permit.
  • Justification is "complaints from neighbors".
  • Delaware District Councilmember Joel Feroleto is on record as supporting the demolition.
  • BENLIC Board Meetings
October 11, 2018
5. Real Estate Committee Report:
A. Acquisitions:
Resolution #2018-63 – NCST / Mr. Cooper Donations:
o 33 West, Village of Hamburg NY
o 2866 Main Street, Buffalo NY
Both properties have been offered as donations by the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST). The NCST is a non-profit organization that works to achieve similar goals of eliminating property vacancy and abandonment throughout the United States. By settling REO Foreclosures, the NCST is able to donate, or sell property to community housing organizations. BENLIC Inspector John Good and BENLIC Sales Specialist Ben Brown, have toured the above referenced properties and have determined that all are appropriate candidates for acquisition. BENLIC staff believe the property would be marketable for resale sold either as a Note & Mortgage, or rehabbed by BENLIC. City of Buffalo Members on the Board were especially pleased BENLIC is acquiring 2866 Main Street. The property being across from Bennett High School and a known ‘problem property’ by its visible distress, BENLIC will be able to stabilize the structure.
Additionally, each property has the potential to make use of rehab-specific grant funds through the NCST Mr. Cooper Program. Through settlements with Mr. Cooper (aka Nationstar), properties acquired through the NCST Mr. Cooper Program are eligible to receive up to $20,000.00 in funds. Properties under this program are not income restricted. BENLIC would utilize these funds for stabilization repairs before an eventual resale. The BENLIC Real Estate Subcommittee has reviewed the potential donations and supports acquisition. A motion to approve the acquisition of the two properties was made by Joseph Maciejewski, seconded by James Comerford Jr., and unanimously carried out to amend.
January 17, 2019
6. Executive Director’s Report:
• 2866 Main, City of Buffalo – NCST Donation + Demolition
No mention of 2866 Main Street in November 2018 or December 2018 minutes.

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