Bull's Head: Community Planning

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Bull's Head: Community Planning

Updates and information on community planning efforts, status of Bull's Head Brownfield Opportunity Area proposal and other activities in and around the Bull's Head area.

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Comment by Marita on November 11, 2013 at 10:58pm

Any updates on this? What is planned for Critic's relocation?

Comment by Dan DeMarle on July 9, 2013 at 8:41am

Update from today's D&C:

"City to buy, raze building

The city could spend $70,800, in­cluding  closing costs, to buy a West Main Street property that housed Critic’s Restaurant. The city would then tear the building down in May.

  Demolition was an unintended consequence of the city’s planned razing of a vacant and condemned city-owned structure that was part of a block of interconnected row build­ings  in the Bull’s Head neighborhood. The restaurant at 906-910 W. Main St. had been open for more than 100 years.

  In a memo to City Council mem­bers  seeking their approval, Mayor Thomas Richards wrote that the April demolition of the other attached build­ings  “revealed and exacerbated struc­tural  defects” in the Critic’s building. Costs to temporarily stabilize the restaurant were estimated at $60,000 to $100,000. An agreement with the owner was reached to sell the building to the city, which also plans to help with relocation expenses for Critic’s and tenants who lived upstairs."

Comment by Sheri Tehan on June 4, 2013 at 8:10am

I had occasion to be in that place in the mid-90's.  In my opinion it was nasty!  How can we say it was a viable business?  If indeed "many SW residents never set their foot in there" wouldn't that make it a dying business.  If it was or is viable then this guy will take his settelment from the city and reopen.

Comment by Margy Meath on June 3, 2013 at 9:13pm

I ate at Critics a LOT back in the early 80's when I worked at DePaul in Bullshead. At that time, it was a decent 'greasy spoon' place for breakfast and lunch and was generally packed at lunch time. In addition to Critics, employee's from places like DePaul and St. Mary's also supported restaurants on Thurston including Peaches, Crosskeys and Louie's. As St. Mary's decreased their census and DePaul moved out of the community (closing their clinic and day program but back now with a residential program on W. Main Street) there were less people to support Critics and great places like Peaches disappeared long ago from our neighborhood. 

I would be curious to know whether the owner of Critics was involved in any of the Bullshead planning meeting.

Comment by Dan DeMarle on June 2, 2013 at 10:26pm

Many SW residents have never set foot in Critics. But there are many others who stopped in every day.  For many it was big part of their daily life.  There were also two families who lost their apartments in this mishap. This was a huge error on the part of the City. 

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20133...

Comment by Mark Sweetland on June 2, 2013 at 6:14pm

It may be sad to see Critics goe, but I am excited about plans for new mixed use residential and commercial improvements that may be in the works for this area.  Old unstable buildings have to go, of course, and this area is an important one for improvement.  Hopefully we will soon see some great new projects coming in.  Seems overall very positive to me.

Comment by Dan DeMarle on June 2, 2013 at 3:46pm
Comment by Joan Roby-Davison on May 30, 2013 at 1:13pm

Bulls Head Community Meeting January2013.ppt

Here is the power point from the January Community meeting, held at Unity/St. Mary's Auditorium.

Comment by Dan DeMarle on May 28, 2013 at 3:04pm

That sounds completely outrageous.  So now we have lost three of those buildings, and what will they find when they take Critics down. Although many people never went there. Critics was a long standing and viable business in the neighborhood.  For many people it was the only reason to go the Bulls Head. Now they have torn it down!

Comment by Joan Roby-Davison on May 28, 2013 at 1:01pm

We should hear about the NYS Brownfield Opportunity Area grant sometime within the next week (by 6/4/2013).  Meanwhile, the city demolished the narrow building at 900 W. Main and the adjacent building at 904 W. Main. As that was completed, the building at 906-910 (Critic's Restaurant) was determined to be unstable and it is now also being demolished.

 

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