Demolition on Shoreline Apartments begins Thursday

New housing will be placed in Downtown Buffalo

Mike Baggerman
January 22, 2020 - 3:31 pm
Demolition crews on Shoreline Apartments preparing for its demolition. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Demolition crews on Shoreline Apartments preparing for its demolition. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Demolition of the former Shoreline Apartments complex will begin on Thursday morning.

Crews were behind the former complex on Niagara Street on Wednesday preparing for its demolition by taking down trees and putting a fence up before the months-long demolition takes place.

Homes along Niagara Street next to the former Shoreline Apartments. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Homes along Niagara Street next to the former Shoreline Apartments. January 22, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Shoreline Apartments was originally built in 1971. The apartment complex became vacant in January 2018 after a judge evicted the final tenant of Shoreline Apartments. Since then, the only people who have lived inside there are those who are homeless. A fire, believed to have been started by someone there, broke out at site on January 9, prompting the site to undergo an emergency demolition.

Demolition of the 48 units will be begin on the north end of the site, furthest from City Hall, and proceed south.  Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said demolition should take up to four months and finish around Memorial Day.

"These structures never worked from the beginning," Norstar Development Senior Vice President, Linda Goodman, said. "The construction was flawed. It wasn't good housing. Everybody recognized it."

New homes will be placed there that will be in a similar mold as the housing that is next to the former apartment complex. Goodman said it will be affordable to middle-income housing.

The city said it has done daily sweeps of the building to ensure that there are no homeless people who are inside the building during its demolition. Authorities will continue to canvass the building each day until demolition is complete.

 

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