The deadline for granting a permit to demolish a 19th century building at 1089 Elmwood Ave. has been extended indefinitely.
Matthew Brown, spokesman for Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, said representatives of the American Institute of Architects and the building's owner, Pano Georgiadis, are continuing to hold discussions on what to do with the site. The deadline for the permit had been Wednesday.
Georgiadis applied for a demolition permit two months ago to tear down the building so he could expand seating and parking for his restaurant next door, Pano's. Preservationists and neighborhood residents have argued that the distinctive building, which includes Medina sandstone and a turret, is part of the neighborhood's streetscape and should remain.
Common Council President David A. Franczyk filed a resolution Monday that would have the practical effect of requiring the full Council to approve the building's demolition. It would amend a city statute to require the Council to weigh in on expansion and demolition of commercial enterprises within the Elmwood Avenue business district. The resolution will go before the full Council on Tuesday.