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Landmark status sought for Fruit Belt building

Chris Caya WBFO News

The push is on to save a nearly 140-year-old building near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Executive Director Jessie Fisher said the red brick building at the corner of Carlton and Locust Streets was built as a grocery store and residence for German immigrants.

Fisher says a portion of it was damaged by fire in April and they are trying to work with the owner to make necessary repairs.

"We have been told by the City of Buffalo that if they don't make those necessary repairs that this building will be torn down as an emergency demolition. So we're trying to do everything we can to bring attention to this really important community, here, in the Fruit Belt," Fisher said. 

Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Fisher says, submitted an application to get the building designated a Local Landmark by Buffalo's Preservation Board. She says if the building is lost it could keep the Fruit Belt from gaining National Register status.  

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