By Jill Terreri
Today the Common Council will meet at 2 p.m. and will vote on whether a massive former windshield wiper factory at Washington and Goodell streets should be designated a local landmark. The decision could play a key role in determining whether the structure, which housed the Trico factory, is demolished or remains. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which holds exclusive development rights to the property, is against the landmark designation, saying it would inhibit what can be done on the property, while preservationists say it can be re-used.
Ellicott Council Member Darius Pridgen - whose vote is key because he represents the area - yesterday did not say how he would vote on the designation.
The Council will also pass a resolution calling on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to grant development rights for the Outer Harbor to a group that is interested in building a 72,000-seat football stadium, museum, and convention center. The NFTA said it will not do that.
The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation also meets today at noon at 143 Genesee St., and will review plans for $1 million in state funding for rehabilitation of downtown buildings as part of the Buffalo Building Re-use Project.
Today's Buffalo News had several stories of interest for city dwellers, including a look at plans for a church steeple at Colvin and Tacoma avenues in North Buffalo, which is all that remains after a wrecking crew demolished the rest of the structure. The demolition company actually bought the land and the steeple and hopes to incorporate it into a new housing development.
A woman who is well-respected in the business community and publicly criticized Mayor Byron Brown and First Deputy Mayor Steve Casey is no longer working at Time Warner Cable, as cable franchise negotiations between the company and the city are ongoing.
The News' coverage of the Buffalo School Board races continued today, with profiles of Mary Ruth Kapsiak and Bryon McIntyre, who are running in the Central District. Profiles of North District candidates were published yesterday.
And Buffalo gets some praise, if faint, for its handling of food truck regulations, given the present impasse in Amherst.