Sentencing postponed for Cobblestone District property owner

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – With preservationists worried a building in the historic Cobblestone District may be allowed to fall into a state beyond repair if nothing is done soon, the case against the owner of that building will have to wait.

Darryl Carr, the owner of record for the property at 110 South Park Avenue, was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to seven code violations, for everything from the windows to a hole in the roof and an unstable chimney. But, Carr did not show up in Housing Court on Thursday morning because he was out of town, so the sentencing was rescheduled.

Local preservationists are pushing for harsh fines and an order to put the building in receivership in order to get things moving for the historic gem before it is too late.

“There is no other group of buildings left on the entire Buffalo waterfront from before the civil war. This is it. And unfortunately in my opinion, we have a bad actor who is in charge and we have to get good actors to come forward and take positive action to make sure that this building is saved and restored,” said Tim Tielman, Executive Director for the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture.

A lawyer representing the owner of the building says architectural plans to fix up the property are 80 percent complete at this point, and will be ready by the next housing court date for this case on August 6.

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