204 High Street again sits in the shadow of the wrecking ball as the City of Buffalo plans demolition of the long neglected Civil War era property
“We will try one last time to see if we can find somebody to save the property,” said Lou Petrucci, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Permit and Inspection Services, speaking of 204 High Street.
Known as the Meidenbauer House, the 1865 Italianate home in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt will fall to the wrecking ball in September if a new owner cannot be found to save the historic property that the city repossessed in 2005 and has neglected since with the intention to demolish.
Standing on the edge of the ever-expanding Medical Campus, the value of deteriorating properties has risen as developers seek to profit on the long neglected Fruit Belt neighborhood where 140 demolition permits have been issued over the last twelve years.
“If anybody’s out there,” Petrucci said, “we need them to come forward.”
Buffalo Rising featured 204 High Street in 2014 and again in 2016 when the city called for proposals to redevelop the property. You can see more photos of the property from around that time here.
Further reading on the history of 204 High Street’s brush with demolition: