After a 90 day stay of demolition was granted to Gateway Trade Center, current owners of the Bethlehem Steel Administration Building, the Lackawanna Court System has ordered the organization to begin demolition of the building within ten days, or face contempt of court charges. An excerpt from this morning’s Buffalo News reveals Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski’s support of the court decision:
“It’s time to move on. I think that building is a prime representation of this entire region. It used to be beautiful, it used to be full of work, and now it’s abandoned, unsafe, unused, unwanted and it’s time we got more progressive. Bring down that building, bring down the silos and bring down the grain elevators, and let’s get this city moving,” Szymanski said.
Told that the City of Buffalo was beginning to find new uses for its grain elevators, Szymanski answered, “That’s why Buffalo looks like it does.”
These may be harsh words coming from Lackawanna’s mayor, but it may also be the reality that preservationists have to face.
To read more about the court order to demolish the Administration Building – read this morning’s Buffalo News article here: http://buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121127/CITYANDREGION/121129385/1010