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Preservation Board cancels hearing on Arbor + Reverie

The Buffalo Preservation Board has canceled a public hearing scheduled for Thursday regarding a proposed controversial project on Elmwood Avenue, now that Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. has withdrawn its applications to demolish several structures.

The board had planned to gather public input about the proposed demolition of eight properties on Elmwood, Bidwell Parkway, Ashland Avenue and Potomac Avenue, as part of Ciminelli's proposed $40 million Arbor + Reverie development.

But Ciminelli last week said it would revise the project, in the wake of substantial opposition from the Elmwood Village and preservation communities. Critics said the two buildings - one with four stories, and one with five - were inappropriate for the neighborhood and would violate the city's new Green Code, and have lobbied heavily to block it.

Ciminelli decided to focus for now on only the smaller Reverie building and agreed to submit the project to consideration under the Green Code, which doesn't start taking effect until next month. Late on Friday, the firm withdrew its demolition applications, removing the need for Preservation Board action.

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