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City Hallways (May 12) Chick this out



Laid an egg

As part of my daily City Hall routine, I usually  stop by the City Clerk's office to check out any official documents filed with or for  the Common Council. That's how I learned about all the chickens laying eggs in Buffalo.

Turns  out the City Clerk is required once a year to  update the Council on chicken licenses in Buffalo.

This year's report shows 16 active licenses: Six in the 14213 zip code on the city's West Side; three in 14207 in Black Rock -Riverside;  two each in 14201,  14206, and 14210; and one  in 14216, which is North Buffalo.

The city has a five-chickens-per-household limit; and permits only female chickens  - no male roosters.

That's partly because roosters are so noisy, but also, I'm told, to  prevent  procreating.


Neighborhood News

Planning Board Monday.

Among agenda items is a Common Council proposal to create a special  Zoning  District for Gates  Circle, restricting commercial development and giving the Council more control over business development in and around the Canterbury Woods senior housing project being constructed on the site of the former Fillmore Gates Circle  Hospital. Canterbury Woods construction, by the way, officially started two days ago. Should be completed in 17 months.

Also on the Planning Board agenda:

- Convert 1278 Hertel Ave., between Colvin and Delaware avenues, into laundromat

-Expand grocery store at 1580 Genesee St., near Goodyear  Ave.

-Convert former church building at 340 Bird Ave. into apartment building.

-Demolish existing building at  975 Fuhrman Blvd., then construct a 23-story apartment building with parking  ramp.

Today's Calendar Items

Mayor Brown joining Explore & More and others at morning press conference to announce an upcoming "Citywide Day of Play."

City and state officials expecting to announce sometime today the city's  Fruit Belt residential parking plan proposal.

In today's Buffalo News, and, my colleague Jonathan Epstein has  story on city's plan for a new police-fire headquarters complex.

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