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Episcopal Church Home

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Photo: Chris Caya/WBFO, Mike Puma, Chris Schmidt, Chrissy Lincoln, Kathy Mecca


825 Busti Avenue Buffalo, NY 14213
Also referred to as 24 Rhode Island Street
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Niagara Council District
SBL: 99.65-2-5.11
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Across Busti Avenue from the Peace Bridge entrance ramp. One of the mostly demolished Busti Avenue Properties.


Episcopal Church Home Affiliates.
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database.

Physical Description

Current Condition

Demolished. Vacant lot.


Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • May 2013 - "Empire State Development Corp., a state agency, negotiated a purchase price of $4.7 million for the property and associated costs, approximately $3 million more than its appraised value..., surprising Canadian members of the binational authority that runs the span and possibly ramping up an already tense standoff between the Cuomo administration and the Canadians." The Buffalo News
  • June 30, 2014 - Regarding the demolition of the Episcopal Church Home, Empire State Development has conducted a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and made a "Determination of No Significant Effect on the Environment".
  • December 30, 2014 - Kathy Mecca reports possible demolition preparation activity - "Construction trailers are parked outside of Thornton Hall at the Episcopal Church Home. Empire State Development Corporation announced in November that Total Wrecking Company would begin asbestos removal."
  • From Councilmember David Rivera: "Episcopal Church Home Public Information Meeting, Monday, January 26 from 6pm to 7pm at the Niagara Branch Library (280 Porter Avenue). Empire State Development and LiRo Engineers will update the public on the current status of this project and answer any questions or concerns the public have. Every structure will be abated to remove debris, asbestos, and other hazardous materials. Additionally two buildings near the Massachusetts & Busti corner will be demolished."
  • January 27, 2015: Results of public meeting - (see photo of report at right) the State's plan was revealed, including near-term demolition of two buildings in northwest corner of parcel, abatement and eventual demolition of all other buildings EXCEPT Hutchinson Chapel, which would be "stabilized and protected".
  • April 2015 - Sam Hoyt of the Public Bridge Authority "The only building that will remain Hoyt says is the Hutchinson Chapel at the corner of Busti and Rhode Island. 'That's the one building of all of them . . . that is no doubt the most valuable in terms of its history and its architecture and the state is totally committed to both salvaging that building but ultimately identifying a reuse for it.'"
  • Fall 2015 - Demolished

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