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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n17 (04/28/2010) » Section: Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

Three weeks ago, Jim Comerford, the City of Buffalo’s acting commissioner for permits and inspections, threatened an emergency demolition of what remain of St. Mary’s on the Hill, the landmark sandstone church at the corner of Vermont and Niagara Streets. Last spring, city contractors removed the church’s roof in an act of “therapeutic demolition,” necessitated by years of neglect by a series of private owners. At the time, developer Sam Savarino came forward with a redevelopment plan for the structure and entered negotiations with the owners of the property in New York City. Those negotiations failed, and the owners instead pursued a bogus shift in ownership to a newly formed limited liability corporation, and St. Mary’s on the Hill continued to deteriorate.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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