SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – An historic building on the north side of Syracuse is getting a lot of attention from neighbors looking to save it from demolition.
Rumors about the Angeloro Building started months ago but its future and its current tenant, San Miguel Mexican Restaurant could be decided this week.
The building located at the corner of North State Street and East Belden Avenue was built back in 1904 for an Italian immigrant looking to bring his merchant business to Syracuse.
That history is what got the attention of the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) and is why they and neighbors are now trying to protect it. San Miguel regulars are also pushing for the building to stay put, said Manager Kelley Metric.
“A lot of them have written letters stating nothing should happen to this building it’s a beautiful building,” said Metric.
“It’s an anchor in a neighborhood especially on a street that has lost a lot of buildings over time and there’s not just really in our opinion a need to lose this building if an alternative can be found,” said PACNY Board of Directors President Grant Johnson.
Rather than let the building meet the same fate as others in Syracuse – with the building’s owner looking to expand, PACNY and local advocates like Syracuse History are asking City Hall to designate the building a “local protected site.”
That designation is made by the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board at the recommendation of the common council.
“Having this building designated as a local protected site wouldn’t save it forever necessarily but it adds a very important layer of review,” said Johnson.
The review process, unfortunately, hasn’t protected San Miguel from losing business. Metric said people regularly call to ask if they’re still open because of the demolition rumors.
“I’ve spoken to the owner, he’s been very open with us. I know he has his plans and we’re probably in the middle of the plans,” assured Metric.
“The building has a lot of history. I mean it’s the home of San Miguel. We love it and we don’t want to see if go anywhere.”
The Neighborhood Preservation Committee will discuss the building’s local protected status at a special meeting at City Hall Wednesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.
A vote will likely occur Monday, November 4 at the next regularly scheduled Common Council Meeting.