Fighting for their neighborhood
Months ago, Michael Threat and his wife, Marva, were in Council chambers asking for a stronger police presence in their East Side neighborhood. A few days ago, Michael Threat was back in City Hall, this time supporting an idea he thinks will get more cops in the area.
Threat came to support a petition residents recently submitted asking the city to convert the former K-Mart building on Broadway into a new public safety building.
"There is not enough police presence in our community," Threat said.
Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk repeated his support for the idea.
"I agree wholeheartedly," Franczyk said. "This is a perfect location."
The city has been talking about a consolidated public safety complex, and while no decision has been made, Franczyk said Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has expressed some support to him for the Broadway site. Also mentioned as a possible site is the former Dillon courthouse in downtown Buffalo.
A learning lab
I noticed Council chambers were open Thursday even though there was no Council meeting.
It turned out that an interior design class from SUNY Buffalo State College was in the room.
Their professor, architect Eric Dolph, told me the class uses the city as its laboratory.
Students visit different buildings throughout the semester, learning different design techniques by studying such buildings as the former downtown Post Office (now the ECC City Campus), the Ellicott Square building, Kleinhans Music Hall, and Thursday, Council chambers in City Hall.