Residents push for moratorium in the Elmwood Village to stall development

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents in the Elmwood Village are very passionate about not changing the character of the neighborhoods. They’re hoping the city can enact a temporary law to stop development for the time-being.

“It’s going to be horrible, it’s going to be a disaster and it’s going to start trouble, once this gets rolling and it’s allowed, it’s going to be the end of Elmwood as we know it,” said Sandra Gioage, long-time property owner in the Elmwood Village.

Elmwood Village residents are trying to save their neighborhoods and the historic fabric within their community.

Earlier this week, Ciminelli Real Estate announced it purchased 11 properties in the Elmwood village. This past summer, Chason Affinity Companies shared their plan to knock down 12 structures and build 57 condominiums instead.

“It’s tending to be the big footprint out of scale with what exists in the neighborhood right now. That’s going to drive out a very large group of people who make the neighborhood what it is, artists, students, they can’t afford that,” said Bruce Sanders, long time resident of the Elmwood Village.
“They claim the houses next door are beyond repair, that’s baloney, that’s not true,” said Gioage.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan met with dozens of residents Wednesday night to listen to their concerns and what they would like to see with the future developments.

Ryan says there is a concern that some proposals could be approved before some zoning requirements are changed to the city’s green code.

“We want to hear from the neighbors about what they want to do, do they want these projects to go forward without changes, or there’s been a push from the community for a moratorium, saying we’re going to do a timeout on any of these projects until the new code is adopted,” said Ryan.

Some residents say they would rather see existing structures re-purposed rather than demolition and cookie cutter buildings. They say a moratorium is the best solution in keeping the character of the Elmwood Village.

Residents were told Wednesday night to reach out to Common Council Members to get the moratorium approved. 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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