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MEETING MAY DETERMINE FATE OF ELMWOOD AVENUE BUILDING

A Monday meeting could help determine the future of a 19th century building on Elmwood Avenue that is targeted for demolition.

Mayor Anthony M. Masiello asked for the private meeting in hopes of reaching a compromise that could leave the structure at 1089 Elmwood Ave. standing.

"It's probably a last-ditch effort to make a decision," said In Raymond K. McGurn, commissioner of the Department of Permit and Inspection Services. McGurn, the official responsible for deciding on the demolition request by Nov. 10, said he has yet to find a legal basis to deny it.

The issue has pitted neighborhood preservationists against Pano Georgiadis, the owner, who wants the space to expand seating and parking at Pano's, his restaurant next door.

In a public hearing Thursday, the Buffalo Preservation Board agreed with most of the 120 people in attendance by opposing the demolition in a nonbinding vote.

Georgiadis balked at bringing an architectural site plan as requested, saying he did not want to spend the money without the assurance that his demolition request would be approved.

Preservation groups have indicated that a legal challenge would be mounted if the demolition is allowed to proceed.

Appearing in Monday's meeting, along with Masiello, McGurn and Georgiadis, will be Dennis Galucki, executive director of the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier; Peter Murad, chairman of the American Institute of Architects' Urban Design Committee; and Jeffrey Lebsack of the American Planning Association.

Under consideration at Monday's meeting will be an offer by a private citizen to move the building to another location. Georgiadis has said he would pay $20,000 toward such an effort.

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