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100-year-old icehouse is partially demolished

The 100-year-old Schoellkopf Icehouse at the former Buffalo Color site has been partially demolished.

About 40,000 square feet of the two-story, 75,000-square-feet building at 229 Elk St. and 83 Lee St., built in 1917, was torn down, said Phil Pantano, spokesman for Ontario Specialty Contracting, the building's owner.

The company still plans to move its headquarters from Buffalo RiverWorks to the Icehouse but may have to scale back its plans for retail, commercial and residential space, Pantano said.

"The structural deterioration of the Icehouse was far greater than anticipated," Pantano said, noting interior columns failed structural tests. "That made the reuse of that portion of the building not only financially unfeasible, but also unsafe," Pantano said.

The company still has big plans for the remainder of the Icehouse and the rest of the site.

"We still believe there are some exciting uses for the site, and we hope to put forth an overall site plan in the fall," he said.

A photo of the original Schoellkopf Power House.


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