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A public meeting to protest the planned demolition of the Great Northern grain elevator will be held by the Preservation Coalition of Erie County at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Garcia's Irish Pub, 74 Pearl St.

Coalition president Susan McCartney termed the 1898 structure "one of Buffalo's premier industrial landmarks" and called for its preservation for future generations.

Located between Ganson Street and the Buffalo Ship Canal, the grain elevator is owned by Pillsbury Co. The 800-foot-long elevator, long unused, is connected to Pillsbury's waterfront mill.

The Minneapolis-based milling company has announced plans to demolish the huge steel and brick building this year, angering local preservationists who are pushing protective landmark status for the elevator.

The Great Northern, named for the railroad that built it, dates to Buffalo's golden era as a world port and is the last local example of a type of grain elevator that predates the reinforced concrete silos more common on the waterfront. The only other surviving example is located in Minnesota.

The meeting, Ms. McCartney said, will include discussion of methods to block the demolition and save the

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