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ADM Grain Elevator in Buffalo, NY, Cleared for Demolition

Judge vacates restraining order; preservationists likely to appeal ruling


ADM, owners of the Great Northern Grain Elevator that was damaged in a storm last month in Buffalo, NY, have a window of opportunity to begin months of demolition work after a judge vacated a temporary restraining order Wednesday.

According to reports, New York State Supreme Court Justice Emilio Colaiacovo’s decision allows ADM Milling to proceed under the emergency demolition order that was granted to them by the City of Buffalo.

Preservationists have argued the 120-year-old structure should be saved and are likely to appeal the ruling.

“We are committed to completing the demolition in a prompt, responsible and safe manner and appreciate the support and understanding of the local community as we prioritize colleague and community safety in this difficult circumstance,” ADM Milling said in a statement after Wednesday’s decision.

“Our primary concern is always the safety of the public, our neighbors, and our employees. The court’s decision now allows us to actively address the significant safety concerns the structure poses on-site and at adjacent properties and roadways. Pursuant to the order, we will begin the required demolition activities without delay to address the immediate safety concerns.”

ADM also noted in its statement that it is identifying artifacts from the structure that can potentially be preserved safely. The company is also reaching out to potential partners to discuss ways in which those items can be displayed and shared with the community to celebrate the legacy of the structure.

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