Supervisor Weinstein and Councilmembers:
If you have not been in the neighborhood lately, I would encourage you , in your travels, to view the premises at the northeast corner of Niagara Falls Blvd (159) and Kenmore Avenue. This intersection is important because it is heavily travelled , abuts two (2) other municipal jurisdictions, the City of Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda, and is the southwest gateway to our great town. It is also the southwest boundary of Eggertsville.
The premises were last the site of a convenience store of some sort, long since demolished. Since then it has just sat there , an ugly, unaesthetic failure of the market to build a new structure, or the town to force remediation or rehabilitation, or both. In short, its a horrible eyesore, made worse by the recalcitrant owner’s abject refusal to adequately police and maintain the premises in a clean and orderly manner. Circumscribed by what appear to be huge truncated columns of stone, presumeably to prevent vehicular access, the corner just screams decay and desolation. As a town , we may post welcome signage to our great town on the entrances, but the condition of this “gateway” belies the effort.
Since we do not have district councilman, and none of you lives in Eggertsville, you may not be aware of the condition of these premises like those of us who have to pass them daily. On the invitation of the building department ,
I have written the owners directly, the United Refining Company, and even offered to help it market it, if necessary, as concerned neighbors. However I have not even received the courtesy of a response of any kind.
Therefore I would request you as the Town board authorize and direct the Town Attorney to commence a civil public nuisance action against the corporate owner, in an attempt to secure compliance with some sort of neighborhood standard of aesthetics, as well as our code, to insure the protection of the public health, safety and welfare, and the tax base. This situation requires immediate attention. Urban decay does not resolve itself; it does not get better, and it only spreads. Thank you.
Very truly yours,