A preservation organization Tuesday won a temporary restraining order blocking the partial demolition of the Wheeler- GLF grain elevator.
The stay puts a hold on plans to raze portions of the complex at 339 Ganson St. as a public safety hazard, stalling efforts of the owner, Ontario Specialty Contracting, from wielding the wrecking ball as early as Monday.
City of Buffalo Permit and Inspections Commissioner James Comerford gave the go-ahead for the demolition last week.
It looks like the grain elevator was considered safe until an adjacent company decided they wanted to expand. Then, all of a sudden, our famous residency violator decided the structure was a safety hazard...
Comerford said he issued his decision after three inspections and a review of the engineering report submitted by Schenne & Associates of East Aurora on behalf of the company. The report found “hundreds” of building code violations and concluded the buildings “need to be condemned and demolished.”
Comerford said at the time that the risk of an accident was too great to let the structures remain standing.
This simply does not pass the Blogger's smell test. One day, the structure is fine. The next (when the company decides it wants to expand), it is unsafe. Come on East Aurora Jim! Perhaps Comerford doesn't understand the historical significance of grain elevators to the Old 1st Ward neighborhood, since there aren't any in the wealthy suburb of East Aurora where he resides (in direct violation of the city's residency law). The question on most peoples' minds is, what did the company offer Comerford in exchange for prostituting himself to them? We'll have to wait for the results of the INDEPENDENT and UNBIASED engineers to find out what happens next.
Broke into the old apartment
This is where we used to live
Broken glass, broke and hungry
Broken hearts and broken bones
This is where we used to live...