11 comments on “Moratorium needed to save Elmwood Village

  1. Pano’s certainly has scarred the northern-most block of the Elmwood Village. But it is not too late to prevent further harm. Hopefully, residents of Buffalo will look back some day at mistakes such as Pano’s, Frizlen’s eyesore at 766 Elmwood, and Paladino’s ill-suited project at the southeast corner of Elmwood and W. Delevan (approved by City officials with the support or, at a minimum, the acquiescence of the Elmwood Village Association) and view them as the catalysts needed to awaken the community to push back and protect and preserve what has made the Elmwood Village the unique neighborhood that it is.

  2. About 40 years ago,Elmwood Ave did have a moratorium to prevent just this kind of thing from happening. The property that is now ETS would have been a typical Burger King with parking in the front. Bars were a big concern and the addition of outdoor patios, had to follow restrictions that did not ruin the quality of life of nearby residents. These would have overrun Elmwood, back in the day. Controls are needed with residential concerns being the strongest. Without the input the residents this area would not be what it is. The currently proposed buildings for this area aesthetically attractive or in scale existing structures.

  3. 2 problems with this. While the analysis is spot on, the reasoning and logic behind it seems flawed. The piece”s whole premise is based upon upkeep of the history of the neighborhood, but then goes on to list the vacant gas station on Delevan as an example. How is maintaining a vacant gas station upkeep of the neighborhood? It then cites buildings of the early 20th century as a reason for preservation. All well and good and I agree, the historical charm of the housing is a pleasing aesthetic.. However, a vacant gas station was not built in the 1900s or is aesthetically pleasing. So if a local restaurateur wants to open a new restaurant there, how is a local Buffalonian opposed to that? It is not 1920 anymore, so what are they supposed to do? Leave it vacant? We should take the lead of Boston and other major cities and have the historic blend with the modern. We need to encourage progress, not abstain from it You also failed to mention the soon to be vacant Children’s hospital on Bryant. All proposals are preserving the historic structure for that, so the premise that the Elmwood Village is going to be a mini-mall seems to ring hollow there as well. We should be striving for change, within reason. Too much change is never a good thing

  4. Sorry if my posting did not explain my concerns about the Ellicott Development project at the southeast corner of Elmwood and W. Delevan. It is the scale and architectural style of the project, not the elimination of the gas station, that threatens the historic fabric of the Elmwood Village. Time will tell what will happen to the Children’s Hospital campus – which will impact, but is not located on Elmwood Avenue. If the historic elements of hospital complex are preserved and wisely re-used, as the community appears to desire, the Elmwood Village neighborhood will be strengthened. But that does not mean that vigilance will not be needed to prevent over-development of Elmwood Avenue itself.

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