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Preservationists want William Street building to stand

The Buffalo Preservation Board is recommending the city reject a request to demolish a 140-year-old main building at 270 William St.

The building, constructed in 1878, is a rare example of an Italianate style mixed-use building, and likely qualifies for local landmark status, the board said.

A site visit found the main, front building "appears to be in relatively salvageable condition," the board said in a ruling issued last Thursday.

While the board is recommending against demolition of the main front building, it is recommending the city allow demolition of deteriorated rear additions to the William Street building.

The recommendations are being forwarded to the Common Council, which will decide if the demolitions will be approved.

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