By Jill Terreri
Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown will be joined with John Ciminelli from LP Ciminelli to announce the demolition of the last piece of Central Park Plaza.
Louis P. Ciminelli announced in May that he would redevelop the 27-acre East Side property, which his company purchased for $800,000. The site is part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Brownfield Cleanup Program, to address "low-level contaminants" in the soil, The Buffalo News reported in May.
An event will be held on E. Amherst Street, off of Main Street, at 10 a.m.
Also today, the Common Council will hold a pre-meeting caucus at 2 p.m. in Room 1417. The topics of discussion at the caucuses are somewhat unpredictable, but here are a few notable items on their agenda:
Another subrecipient agreement between the city and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, on how to handle federal HOME grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was filed with the Council last week. The Council has already approved a similar subrecipient agreement concerning Community Development Block Grant funds. HUD has told Buffalo, and other cities, that federal funds must be distributed by cities, and not their urban development agencies, which has moved a lot of the work up to the Comptroller's Office. BURA will still decide how to spend the money, but personnel there won't write the checks.
Kevin J. Kaufman, a CPA, was hired to be city auditor. His appointment, by Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, was filed with the Council. His annual salary is $86,685. He replaces Darryl McPherson.
A measure to reinstitute a deli task force is being considered, something pushed by Council Member Bonnie E. Russell, among others, as is a measure to clarify the city's licensing of such delis and how the city can close problem stores. The delis can be a magnet for illegal activity in some areas of the city, Council members and neighbors have said.