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Survey will document historic properties in Fruit Belt

Preservationists will start a detailed survey of historic structures in the Fruit Belt's 34-block neighborhood in the next two weeks.

Community leaders hope the survey will help protect the area's history as development continues on the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

There will be a community update at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Moot Senior Center, 292 High St. The meeting is sponsored by the Fruit Belt/McCarley Gardens Housing Task Force, with panelists from Preservation Studios. They will discuss the work they are doing as part of a $7,000 state grant for the survey.

"At this point, we don't have any recommendations on what should be done with any buildings," said Derek R. King, a principal with Preservation Studios, a historic preservation consulting firm working on the project. "We want to meet with the community and let them know we will be walking around their community and photographing buildings."

The survey is not addressing the Medical Campus, but is specific to the Fruit Belt neighborhood's historic structures, homes, businesses, churches and community centers.

Reporter Karen Robinson covers the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Follow her on twitter at @krobinsonBN or reach her by email at

Neighbors hope survey will protect Fruit Belt's history

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