The John O'Flanagan House at 171 Niagara Street, deemed by the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation as National Register Eligible for planning purposes, is being steered to demolition through the efforts of Acquest Development and the City of Buffalo.
Acquest has long wanted to build a parking ramp over the site of the O'Flanagan House, and conducted a tour last November to demonstrate how bad the building was. I was on that tour, along with David Granville, chief inspector Lou Petrucci, and others. The house was in great shape (see Granville's pictures at http://camapignforbuffalo.bfn.org/171niag/index.html) then. Acquest decided to bide its time until things cooled down and let people believe it would reconfigure its ramp to accommodate the O'Flanagan House. Now construction is well along on its building for the IRS and other tenants, and Acquest wants to force the issue.