Apparently Sam Savarino wants to buy it and has some beautiful plans drawn up. The owner seems to be playing games though. Read the article for more.
Anyway, about the property at 783 Niagara Street: a few fast facts, first from the Erie County Real Property information site:
|Owner||ST MARYS CHURCH||Book-Page/Date||1277-367 * 6/30/1914 *|
|Owner||PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL DIOC||Book-Page/Date||10885-1510 * 4/19/1995 *|
|Owner||WEISBERG JEFFREY M||Book-Page/Date||10885-1516 * 4/19/1995 *|
|Owner||ABUNDANT LIFE SCRIPTURE||Book-Page/Date||11023-1203 * 12/17/2002 *|
|Owner||CITY OF BUFFALO REF||Book-Page/Date||R 39-S0283 * 9/15/2005 *|
|Owner||MYRIE-OYEWO JULIA J||Book-Page/Date||11110-4036 * 3/7/2006 *|
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that Weisburg stripped the building, because that's what he
|S-B-L||99.66-3-24||Owner||MYRIE-OYEWO JULIA J|
|Property Location||783 NIAGARA||Mailing Address|
|Property Class||620 RELIGIOUS||Line 2|
|Taxable||135000||Street||1039 E 227 ST|
|Desc||N COR VERMONT||City/State||BRONX NY|
|Desc||W/PCS 18 X 40 & 114 X 42||Zip||10466|
|Deed Book||11110||Deed Page||4036|
Then there's the Sale info from the City of Buffalo website:
|Deed Date:||Deed Book:||Deed Page:||Deed Type:||Valid Sale:|
|03/07/2006 - 00:00 AM||11110||4036||T- Tax Sale||0|
|Sale Price:||Sales Condition:||Parcel No.:|
A couple of things jump out here - that it's still listed as a religious building and that it's still assessed at $135,000 (!) despite the current owner buying at a City foreclosure sale in 2005 (deed filed in '06) for much less. It only took them a month to raise the assessment to $75,000 at the Extreme Makeover house a few blocks over at 228 Massachusetts. Meanwhile, the partial demo of the church had to set the owner back a bundle, assuming she paid the bill.
It's easy to go on about saving what's left and loving what Savarino wants to do with it, but that may only encourage the greed of the owner. Tough one. Maybe she should get out while the getting is good and leave a drop of hope in the neighborhood.
Maybe Housing Court could help the process along rather than continue with endless adjournments. Then again, maybe someone is thinking of buying and reselling to another buddy to convince investors how astute they are. It's been done before, and it's called fraud. Maybe better to sell to Savarino :)