Old build­ing will be razed when new struc­ture opens next spring

The Buffalo News - - CITY & RE­GION -

mu­nity, ask­ing for money. That is the re­al­ity of it. Peo­ple in the com­mu­nity look­ing like they are strug­gling. And I know so many of us have asked our­selves: What can we do to help?

“The answer is a very sim­ple one: Give to the City Mis­sion Com­mu­nity Cen­ter project. It will be trans­for­ma­tional in the lives of the peo­ple who are strug­gling in our com­mu­nity.”

The mis­sion has con­tin­ued to pro­vide ser­vices dur­ing con­struc­tion. The new build­ing is be­ing con­structed in the area for­merly oc­cu­pied by the back park­ing lot. When the new struc­ture is opened next spring, the old build­ing will be de­mol­ished, with a park­ing lot paved on that spot, fac­ing Tup­per be­tween El­li­cott and Oak streets.

Cal­houn was one many staff mem­bers or sup­port­ers who signed the girder with a black per­ma­nent marker at the cer­e­mony. She said her sig­na­ture in­cluded the mes­sage “Praise the Lord! April 2019.”

“It’s a to­tal bless­ing. To see the last steel piece of the steel struc­ture of this build­ing ... it makes it real,” Cal­houn said. “When peo­ple drive by on the 33 and see it, they’ll know change is com­ing. That’s what this is all about.”

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