BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s the latest buzz in North Buffalo: the black wrought iron fence under construction at the property known as the “Miller Mansion”, at the corner of Nottingham Terrace and Lincoln Parkway.
Some neighbors like the fence, designed by Canadian designer Oleg Shyshkin, but others say the fence is out of place.
East side resident Ron Bradley likes what he has seen so far, “I think it’s beautiful.”
But neighbor Linda Cornejo doesn’t like it, “I do not feel this gate is keeping with the character of the neighborhood.”
The two massive 13′ wrought iron gates that seem to be grabbing everyone’s attention, as they are the only parts of the fence that are standing so far–one gate for guests on foot, the other lets in visitors by car.
The gates are designed to anchor an 8′ fence completely enclosing the property, and passersby can see the concrete footers already poured to hold the fence posts in place.
Plans also call for landscape lighting, and more greenery, including large expensive shade trees, said Daniel Regan, project manager for Regan Landscaping.
“They are going to be re-purposing some of the existing plants, as well as planting some large shade trees, ornamental plants–flowering and non-flowering as well.
Total cost of the fence on all four sides has reported to be $800,000. But will the massive 8′ wrought iron fence enhance the neighborhood or become a monstrosity?
Former Buffalonian Josie Coppola, who now lives in Williamsville, thinks the fence will enhance the neighborhood.
“I think it’s very beautiful, and it will go with the area,” Coppola said. “People would be attracted.”
Cornejo thinks the fence at the mansion will be a distraction.
“I quite honestly do not feel that this gate is adding to the attractiveness of the Fredrick Law Olmsted Park here, or the neighborhood.”
It is turning into a tourist attraction, and attracted Bradley, “I come past here almost on a daily basis, on my walks, and I’ve seen them putting it together, and it really is a nice piece of art, and I think it coincides very well with the building behind it.”
Even though the fence has been approved by the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals, and has the appropriate permits, a contingent of neighbors has told News 4, they plan to protest at the zoning board’s next meeting to get the project changed, or stop it altogether.