Residents and preservationists pushing to save historic home slated for demolition

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The fate of a historic home in Elmwood is up in the air. It’s slated for demolition but residents are coming together to try to stop it from happening.

The home in question is this one on 647 Lafayette Avenue in the heart of the historic district. The owners of the home want to tear it down and rebuild a bigger house.

Elmwood village residents and preservationists are trying to save the historic home. They met Saturday to discuss the fate of the Lafayette home and demolitions within the historic district. Many residents feel that homes like this one are part of the historic fabric of the community. They say that tearing down the historic home would take away from the charm in the Elmwood Village.

“We chose Elmwood Village because of its historic character and we chose Lafayette Avenue specifically because of the historic architecture that was there but to see one of those historic buildings come down I look around and think will the one next door go and will the one three doors down go,” said Tom Yotes, resident.

“When the preservation board voted to reject the demolition plan they proposed a compromise which was put your energy and time and effort into making this home beautiful instead of knocking it down. Unfortunately that vote is only advisory so the plans still can proceed,” said Gretchen Cercone, Lancaster Avenue Block Club President.

Not all residents are against the demolition. some long time residents who live across the street say that the home has been declining for decades and they say they would like to see a new home built in its place.

Saturday’s meeting comes a couple days before plans for the new home on Lafayette will come before the planning board. That meeting is taking place on Monday at 4 pm. Residents and preservationists plan to be there in hopes of stalling approval for a demolition permit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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