Old church site in North Buffalo has new promise

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Developers are picking up the pace for the $3 million Bell Tower Lofts at Colvin & Tacoma Avenues, now that all the permits are in place for building the new apartment complex.

An excavation crew returned to the site of an old burned out church, over the weekend to start groundwork for the foundation.

“Eight o’clock Saturday morning, bright and early, they started digging with the backhoe, and they have been digging ever since,” said Linda Franchell, who lives next door to the housing site.

Plans call for 29 brownstone style residential units, and 40 parking spaces. Originally, the developer was going to build 40 apartments, but neighborhood resistance, and lots of questions from city planners led to the scaled back project.

An arson fire destroyed the old Korean Methodist Church three years ago, and the building was demolished, except for the bell tower. Franchell said, the church was sparsely used even before that.

Is Linda looking forward to having neighbors again? “I am, I am–even if it is 20 new neighbors. It is better than having an empty lot, it really is.”

The contractor hired to demolish the old church, Apollo Dismantling of Niagara Falls, actually bought the property, and a spokesman said, they are going to be working everyday on the project–weather permitting.

Their plan is to put up the shell for the apartment complex before the end of the construction season gives way to winter.

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