City of Buffalo may save brick road in East Side neighborhood

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- A City of Buffalo paving project took an unexpected turn on Thursday. After peeling away layers of a street, a brick road was uncovered.

Brick now pokes through graded pavement on Blaine Ave. Some people living on the street say the piece of history should be preserved but others disagree.

Florentina Dozier told News 4 she hasn’t seen the brick road since the 1950’s.

“We were walking to the corner to catch buses, my dad was,” recalled Dozier. “It was cobblestone.”

Two blocks down, neighbor Chrissy Lincoln wants to preserve that history.

“It’s kind of like unearthing treasure, like you’ve found something special,” said Lincoln.

The city uncovered the brick as they prepared to repave the street. It wasn’t long before Lincoln and her neighbors went out with their own scrapers and shovels.

“We decided we would open up a bigger patch of the bricks than we could already see,” said Lincoln. “See what kind of shape they were in and also show the streets department they are in good shape.”

They want to preserve this piece of Queen City history in the historic Hamlin Park neighborhood.

The Department of Public Works told News 4 they’ll spend the next few days uncovering the rest of the road to test brick condition. Ardmore Place is currently the only brick road in the city, according to the Department of Public Works.

For people like Florentina Dozier, who have watched the neighborhood change, the blacktop had been an improvement and they hope the city goes through with its original plan to repave.

“Parking is nice, if you have to park on the street,” said Dozier. “The guys do the plowing, there’s no problem removing the snow.”

She told News 4 many neighbors don’t want to go backwards.

“It has no historical value,” said Dozier. “Do we have any horse and buggies coming down through here?”

The Department of Public Works told News 4 if the city decides to keep the brick road it won’t need any additional treatment. The city will also pay to re-do the ends of driveways to accommodate for the lower road height.

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