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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n13 (03/28/2013) » Section: Week in Review

Trico Landmark: Pridgen Again Asks For More Time, and Gets It

First, an acknowledgment of an error: In the previous issue I reported that last year’s recommendation by Buffalo’s Preservation Board to designate the vacant Trico Plant #1 a local landmark—an item held in limbo in the Common Council’s Legislation Committee—had been received and filed, effectively chucked in the trash.

Judge Carney Stays Foreclosure on Episcopal Church Home

Another stay of execution in City Housing Court last week on the vacant Episcopal Church Home buildings and property near the Peace Bridge. Judge Patrick M. Carney ordered a 90-day stay on foreclosure on the long-abandoned property in light of a new plan to sell to Empire State Development Corporation.

Small Talk

Food truck debate—hell on wheels: On Tuesday, the Common Council extended its year-old permitting system for those devilish food trucks that continue to pop up in our fair city. The consternation caused last year by food trucks among bricks-and-mortar restaurateurs has largely dissipated with time and familiarity, save for one holdout critic: Tucker Curtin, owner of the Steer, the Lake Effect Diner, and Dug’s Dive, has been waging a one-man war against the roving vendors, a campaign which met its Waterloo at Tuesday’s meeting of the Common Council’s Legislative Committee and a special session that followed. Curtin and his attorney proposed a draconian set of new regulations for food trucks, including these: No food truck may operate within 100 feet of any private property of any sort without express permission of the owner or tenants; no food truck may park within 25 feet of a hydrant, intersection, or driveway to a lot with more than 10 spots; all food trucks must have a restaurant license; on top of that, all food truck workers must have a peddler’s license; and food trucks would operate under special restrictions on Elmwood and Hertel, as they already do downtown, where Buffalo Place holds sway.

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