Demolition of the former Freezer Queen concrete warehouse building on the Outer Harbor is about 80 percent complete, with an environmental brownfield cleanup slated to begin within a month and continue into the spring, according to owner Gerald Buchheit.
Work began in September with asbestos remediation before Total Wrecking & Environmental began demolition four weeks ago. At this time, the entire freezer unit itself is already down, along with two-thirds of the old production facility, he said.
"They're beginning to rubbilize the remains," said Buchheit, who plans to start construction in the spring on a 23-story apartment tower on the site. Meanwhile, a state court on Nov. 28 will consider a request by four Buffalo residents and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for an injunction to stop the work.
The plaintiffs, who claim the city improperly approved the project, are appealing a prior court ruling allowing the demolition and construction to proceed. But Buchheit, who claims most people support his project, warned that he is "on a tight schedule" to get the new building constructed and enclosed by the end of 2017.