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City Hallways (Jan. 23) Old buildings could get new chance at landmark status

Update on North Park library/Crosby buildings

Looks like the historic status of the North Park library and Crosby buildings could have some new life.

The city Preservation Board last year recommended both for historic landmark status - protecting them from demolition. But the Council rejected the recommendation, and denied the historic status.

A local historic preservation group challenged the Council action in court.

Now, according to a memo from the city corporation counsel's office, the court is telling the Council it needs to review the landmark proposals again.

"The Common Council has been ordered to complete a new review of the applications, including a further public hearing, to provide specific facts that constitute a rational basis for the Common Council's decision to either approve or deny landmark status," the law department wrote to the Council.

By the way, I recently asked if anyone's expressed interest in redeveloping the vacant North Park library building - located at the corner of Hertel and Delaware avenues - and was told no one has.

A few months back I spoke with one of the owners of the Crosby complex, located on William Street, and was told they no longer planned on demolishing the buildings.

Not a Paladino-loving crowd

There was lots of applause when speakers at Saturday's downtown Buffalo women's rally addressed the crowd, whether it was the head of Planned Parenthood asking for the group's support or representatives of the Muslim community and Black Lives Matter movement calling  on  everyone to support each other.

But the biggest applause came when County Legislator Betty Jean Grant made a reference - without mentioning any names - to concerns with the Buffalo School Board.

A rally attendee then screamed out an expletive attached to board member Carl Paladino's name:  "----  Palladino," the rallygoer yelled out.

Jan. 21 women's rally in Niagara Square
Buffalo News photo/Mark Mulville

The crowd - as much suburban as it was city - applauded loud and hard, showing its discontent with the outspoken School Board member from South Buffalo.

Grant acknowledged the audience's response, but said she couldn't say that word as a rally speaker.

Today's Calendar Items
Council caucus meeting  this  afternoon

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