De­mol­ish­ing his­toric prop­er­ties only lines the pock­ets of the rich

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Lory Pol­lina

I am writ­ing to lend a voice to the over­whelm­ing sup­port in fa­vor of stop­ping the de­mo­li­tion of the 12 his­toric prop­er­ties that de­fine the Elm­wood Vil­lage, slated for de­mo­li­tion on the cor­ner of Elm­wood and For­est av­enues. The pro­posed project Cha­son Affin­ity is try­ing to build and pass with a city that is turn­ing a deaf ear to the newly passed Green Code is a haz­ardous move for­ward.

I live one house from this site and wit­ness the con­stant daily and nightly ac­tiv­i­ties of a ma­jor am­bu­lance and fire truck route, on both streets. Elm­wood Av­enue, a two-lane city street, is al­ready at ca­pac­ity for flow and adding the 90-plus cars an hour to this in­ter­sec­tion that this pro­posed struc­ture would bring is a dis­as­ter in the mak­ing.

I also am ap­palled at Coun­cil Mem­ber Joel Fero­leto, who has pre­tended to rep­re­sent the neigh­bor­hood, its char­ac­ter and its res­i­dents but has sided with the mayor and the de­vel­op­ers and, not sur­pris­ingly, the res­i­dents of Pen­hurst Park.

These res­i­dents, who he said are al­most unan­i­mously in fa­vor of the de­vel­op­ment plan, are even a part of Elm­wood Vil­lage. He ig­nores the 1,000-plus sig­na­tures of the ac­tual res­i­dents of the Elm­wood Vil­lage.

I un­der­stand money talks, but no one at City Hall is lis­ten­ing to the in­ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of this project. The num­ber of vari­ances re­quired in or­der for this project to pass un­der the Green Code is as­tound­ing and speaks vol­umes as to how this project is be­ing pushed at all costs to the tax­pay­ers for the per­sonal profit of the de­vel­op­ers and the re­cip­i­ents of their money.

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