North Park library reuse preserves valuable history
I was brought up in the Hertel Avenue section of Buffalo. I lived there from birth until I married and moved to Kenmore. Things don’t stay the same. Many businesses have closed, others have opened. It’s called progress.
There were two buildings in the area that were very important to me when I was growing up. One was the North Park Branch Library and the other was on the corner of Colvin and Tacoma, which for many years housed Temple Emanuel. Not only did I receive my religious education there, but there were Girl Scout meetings, youth dances, watching boys’ basketball games on Sunday and acting as the backstage helper for plays.
Needless to say, I was very saddened when it was demolished a few years ago. Driving by was very difficult. Gone was the building where I spent much of my youth and made many friends I am still in contact with.
Then I read that they were thinking of razing the North Park Branch Library to build retail projects on the site. Local landmark status was finally granted this past March.
Now it will be the site of the Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo, or CCI, and the building was still stand when I pass by and will have fond memories for me.
I’m glad the building will remain on that site. CCI will enjoy being housed there.