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City Hallways (Feb. 10): Should it stay or must it go? A historic Allen St. building

Historic Allentown building proposed for demo

From the outside, the vacant, two-story brick building at 15 Allen St., not far from Main Street and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, looks like it could use some work.

But when you go inside, an architect working with the building owner says, you realize the 107-year-old building is structurally unsound, and needs to come down.

That assessment didn't sit well Thursday with the city's Preservation Board, which at one point suggested the owner consider selling the property, and then delayed the demolition request, giving board members a chance to look at the building for themselves.

Architect Adam Sokol said a redevelopment plan was created that would add a third floor to the now two-story building, but federal preservation officials rejected the plan.

As a result, Sokol said, the only way to make the project financially doable is to demolish the existing building, then build a new larger one at the site.

The other side of the story

After I posted yesterday that an upstate ride-hailing bill was passed in the state Senate, but not the state Assembly, I heard from someone letting me know that everyone isn't excited about the idea of Uber and Lyft coming to Buffalo.

A public forum, labeled Buffalo Speaks Out Against Uber,  is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium.

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