Buffalo, N.Y. (WIVB) - The rain drove the celebration inside.. but didn't seem to dampen the spirits of folks on Ardmore Place.. elated their red brick street has been preserved.
"It's been a long, long, long road from when they first un-surfaced the bricks, and the possibility of asking the question, can we keep the bricks?" asked Renee Wiedemer, of the Ardmore Place Block Club.
It started back in July. Work crews started ripping up the old worn asphalt that had been smothering the century-old bricks for about 40 years.. to repave the block long street.
Then suddenly the memories of the way things were came back to Ardmore Place homeowner Dom Parisi.. and he contacted City Hall.
"In July the crew came ready to tar over it, and I found the bricks, called the Mayor's office--can we keep it like that? What do we have to do, and we did it," Dom told News 4.
But to get the attention of City Hall, folks on Ardmore Place called for action.. and soon Mayor Brown himself was assuring the neighborhood.. the bricks would stay.
Niagara District Councilman David Rivera, at first, had trouble believing the neighborhood didn't want a freshly paved street.
"They're going to be happy, they are going to get an overlay and mill--it's going to look nice. But they didn't want it. They said no, we don't want the mill and overlay, we want the bricks," Rivera said.
"When I got here and actually saw it, I said no, this is worth saving. They made the right decision."
But there is still more work to do. Many of these old bricks have to be replaced, and public works have assured the folks on Ardmore, they are going to replace these light poles with old fashioned lamp posts.
Dom Parisi says he got personal assurances from Department of Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak.
"He says I've got some old lamp posts in the warehouse. We change those--it's taken off!" Parisi said.
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