BUFFALO, NY – How would you like to get in on Downtown Buffalo's Renaissance, through what appears to be the deal of a lifetime?
There's something on Chippewa Street that's raising a lot of eyebrows, as well as questions, speculation, and skepticism.
About a month ago, a sign appeared on the front of a four story, 8,400 square foot building, which appears to indicate it's being offering it up, for "free".
The building between Delaware Avenue and Franklin Street is remembered by many we talked to as a former adult book store, back in Chippewa's days as a red light district.
It's been been vacant for some time now.
Free properties, while rare, are not unprecedented according to veteran auctioneer and realtor Cash Cunningham, who told WGRZ-TV there have been cases where building owners, for various reasons, are so desperate to get rid of property that they might not only be willing to unload them at no cost, but even pay someone to take it off their hands.
"One notable case a that many people may remember is the old AM&A' building downtown which went to a guy named Taylor, who put a department store in there for a while," Cunningham recalled. "He actually got the building and $420,000."
Two On Your Side sent an e-mail to the address listed on the sign on Wednesday but has yet to receive a response.
Property records show the building at 83 West Chippewa is owned by 83 W. Chippewa Inc., and that all property taxes are current.
Channel 2 attempted to speak with one of the owners of the building, Michael Sherk, on Wednesday, but he steadfastly declined any and all comment.
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